Sunday, January 9, 2011

brilliant and perfect

My Aunt Linda is full of energy and good ideas; just the sort of person you'd like to be in relation to those you love, and someone we're extra glad to have as a relative. When I spent a summer in Taiwan in college, she was my most faithful correspondent. She sends us things like specialty craft supplies, books about fishing when she knows we've been on a fishing binge. Always, always just right. A couple of days ago, we received the most amazing box from her. Among other things, this particular box was full of books, books filled with post-its that contained the kinds of questions and comments you would share when reading with a child. She 'reads' with the kids, from afar. Pretty brilliant in my book. Each of the boys also received a journal in which she'd written them messages and jokes, and included pictures. And she expressed the hope that the journals would be shared, mailed back and forth, perhaps on a set date every month. We've had fun getting started on the exchange, writing back; I can't wait to see how the sharing between them unfolds.

10 comments:

KPiep said...

That is one of the most fabulous ideas I've seen in a long time! I love it!

I'd just bought moleskin's to start as letters to each of my girls....but I think I'm going to morph it into something more like this!

Thanks for sharing!

Purple Flowers said...

This is an excellent way to communicate. Your Aunt has a great imagination, and in knowing how to capture a child's interest.

sandra said...

What an absolutely wonderful idea!

kks said...

what a wonderful idea!
xoxo

Jess said...

She sounds like the best of all Aunts!
This is such a great idea.

Cathy said...

Love. That is all.

Sammi said...

Sounds awesome. I have an aunt who lives far enough away so we don't see her often but she is still constant in my life sending me gifts not quite as awesome as that, but always perfect things.

Char said...

what a fun fun fun idea

Valerie said...

these are the most thoughtful gifts !
and also a great way to communicate/keep in touch.
This reminds me much of the grandather who raised me & the joy I always had to receive his letters & tiny surprises as a student and later in my life as a wife.
your aunt is a wonderful person & i'm glad she is your aunt.

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Very sweet, thoughtful, and clever gift!