|Wheat grains & stalks, hawk feathers, toy, letter.
I hadn't given it one bit of thought until, as usual, Brady gave me the idea.
We were in Colorado camping a few weeks ago and Brady heard kids up the hill. It couldn't have been any more exciting to him if a band of superheroes landed in our campsite.
"Can we go up and see them? Please, please, please." Okay, kid, come on.
So we - or rather Brady - made friends out in the middle of nowhere. When it was time to leave he was SO sad. He and the 6-year-old boy hugged each other so hard, the boy's grandmother remarked how boys can even making hugging into a competition.
I thought, well, maybe they could be pen pals.
The boy's birthday was coming up so we made a package for him and his 9-year-old sister. It included wheat grains, wheat stalks, hawk feathers, a card with a letter from Brady and a toy monster truck from Brady's stash.
We got the kids' return letters plus a flower and some Despicable Me popsicle stick toys. Brady told everybody about it and couldn't wait to mail the next package. And when we travel to Colorado next, we'll get to see them again.
Gosh I think pen pals are an awesome idea. Do your kids have cousins in another state? Or do you have an old college friend with kids their age? Make them a pen pal!
Pen pals teach us life is different somewhere else. The world doesn't stop at the borders of our town. It teaches patience and the joy of anticipation. It goes beyond the instantaneous nature of our society.
I'm excited about it too. I think it will be a fun family activity.