52 letters in 2018 (week 5): Palentine’s

Week 5 (January 29 – February 4): Mail a Valentine to a pal.

Remember how fun it was to decorate Valentine boxes in elementary school and then exchange the cute little handmade or store-bought cards with classmates? Ah, those were sweetly more innocent times, my friends.

Last year, I was at a conference during Valentine’s Day, and I attended a fun group dinner, which one friend dubbed our “Palentine’s dinner”. Around us, couples shared romantic, or awkward, or awkwardly romantic dinners, whereas we cheerfully pigged out on great food and even better company. At the conference, another friend passed me a cute store-bought Valentine during a session, and I said to myself, “Self, you should pass out Valentine’s cards to pals next year.”

Here we are, a year later, and I’m sending out a call to my pals to join me in sharing the love this year.

This week you might need to make or purchase Valentine’s, which means the mail might not go out until late in the week or early the following week. Maybe that means you’ll spend next week writing out a handful of cards for a few Palentine’s. Think of how happy they’ll be when they dig into their mailboxes and find an unexpected note from you. Glitter and candy hearts optional.

  1. Week 1 (January 1-7): Send a Happy New Year’s note.
  2. Week 2 (January 8-14): Send a Thank You note.
  3. Week 3 (January 15-21): Send a postcard from your community.
  4. Week 4 (January 22-28): Mail a postcard or letter to another country.
  5. Week 5 (January 29-February 4): Mail a Valentine to a pal.