One of Ari’s favorite books is “Frog and Toad Are Friends.”
If you click on this link above and buy the book, Amazon gives me approximately three cents. Awesome! I really don’t care that much about the three cents, I just love this series.
His favorite story in the book is “The Letter.”
One day, Frog decides to send Toad a letter!
After reading this story countless times, it occurred to me that Ari has never written a letter before. I wanted to show him what it’s like to write a letter. I asked him if he’d like to write a letter to Aunt Mimi (Mint) and Uncle Mike. He said “Yeah!” So we began the process.
Thankfully, I had just purchased 120 crayons from Staples, so that helped things along.
Writing this letter with Ari brought back memories from my childhood. My mom and I started a pen pal club when I was a kid called “Friends Forever Pen Pals.” We charged $3.00 to kids all over the world (the majority of the letters we received were from Africa, actually) and set them up with another child to be pen pals with. I even got my own pen pal, her name was Anne and she lived in Washington state.
But, I digress. In addition to the crayons, I also purchased a box of 100 envelopes. Ari was quite excited about the envelopes.
The line went quickly. We chose not to mail the letter in the actual post office, but we did purchase a stamp at the postal teller’s window. I asked if there were any exciting stamps to buy, but unfortunately, the only single stamps available were 44 cent flags. Ari did, however, get a free coloring book. I didn’t take a picture at the teller’s window, because, frankly, I don’t know if it’s legal to take photographs in the post office or not!
I did, however, document him attempting to mail the letter in a closed slot in the mail box outside of the post office.
I showed him how to open the door on the mailbox and mail the letter.
Mimi and Uncle Mike, let us know when you receive your post! Ari hopes you’ll write back too.
To close, I leave you with the second to last page of “The Letter” from the anthology “Frog And Toad Are Friends.” By Arnold Lobel © 1970, Harper Collins publishers, who (incidentally) I used to be an Editorial Intern for!
Have you and your kid written a letter? Tell me about it!