Last year, Tech went to overnight camp for a month. When he got home, he ate and slept. And then he complained that I hadn’t written enough.
You guys, I wrote a lot of letters.
Seriously, I wrote one every other day. That’s 14 letters, if you round down.
My son claims some kids received mail every single day.
This year my son is going to overnight camp for the entire summer.
That’s seven weeks, people.
I don’t have enough going on in my life to write him a letter every stinkin’ day. I know what you’re thinking: use your imagination. Believe me, I sent that boy plenty of creative letters, but there’s such a thing as burnout.
Plus, I’m old-school in that I believe there’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned letter. One that someone wrote with his or her own hand.
Those types of letters take a little longer to craft.
So I’m appealing to you, my friends from the blogosphere. You’re readers and writers. You’re funny and smart and creative. You have pens and stamps.
WILL YOU WRITE TO MY KID WHILE HE’S AT CAMP?
Last year I asked you to write to Tech at camp, and you did! I gave him all your letters on Visitor’s Day, and he responded to people in a 3-part post when he returned home. If you’d like, you can check out Part I • Part II • Part III.
This year, I’m
begging asking you to write my kid a handwritten letter.
Partly because I think it’ll be hilarious for Tech to receive letters from people he doesn’t know.
But also because I’ve noticed how few people send letters anymore. Sure, we have email, mobile phones, and Facebook, but sometimes it’s nice to go to the mailbox and find something with your name on it.
ALSO, IT’S TIME FOR A CONTEST.
Here’s what you do to enter:
- Write a letter of any length, appropriate for a 14-year-old boy.
- It must be handwritten. Typed letters will be disqualified.
- It must be legible. Please print neatly.
- It must be pretty. No boring white paper. Be creative.
- Send the letter to me between now & July 31, 2013. If you send it after that, I won’t be able to get it to Tech in time as U.S. Postal Service to camp is wicked slow!
When I receive your letters, I’ll steam open the envelopes to check out the submissions. That’s right, I’ll review each letter for originality, creativity, and visual appeal before forwarding it to the boy at camp.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
I’ll feature my favorite letters on my blog, and include blurbs about their authors.
One of you stands to win best letter writer. That person will win a $25 gift card to somewhere awesome.
Tech isn’t in the dark. He’s agreed to respond to the winner. In addition to sending a handwritten letter to the winner via U.S. mail, I’ll post his illegible, yet handwritten response on my blog.
When writing a kid at camp, there are 3 rules.
Rule #1: Don’t be sad. Never tell your child that you are missing her so much that it hurts. That’s a disaster. And if your kid writes to say he is homesick, don’t get all hyper and tell him you’ll pick him up. Oy. He’s just venting.
Rule #2: Don’t be scary. At overnight camp, kids are completely cut off from the outside world. They really don’t know what’s going on, so it’s not funny to say the family pet died. They don’t need to hear about shootings or death or illness. A zombie apocalypse isn’t funny when you are away from the people you love.
Rule #3: Be funny. Camp is fun – and your letters should be too. Tell stories. Take a moment from your day and embellish it like crazy. When I write to Tech, I try to entertain him. Suggested topics: 1) girls, 2) Minecraft, 3) fencing, 4) Euchre, 5) technology (since he won’t have any), 6) tips on how to live with mean kids, 7) tips regarding how he can keep track of his socks.
If all else fails, tell him about what you used to do when you went to camp.
Unless you set things on fire or got girls pregnant.
In which case, don’t write about that.
If you’d like to write a handwritten letter to Tech while he’s at summer camp, please indicate your interest in the comments section. I’ll contact you with the necessary information. Don’t wait. You know what happens when you wait.
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