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We Might As Well ALL Be In Suspense…

A couple of days ago, I grabbed the short stack of envelopes from the mailbox–yes, the real mailbox, used by the U.S. Post Office–and brought it into the house.

As I sifted through it, finding no bills (always a nice thing), I noticed an envelope with familiar handwriting on it. It was addressed to D (older son: remember?). I looked at the return address, and saw that it was from his middle school, more specifically, his 8th grade social studies teacher. The handwriting? Was D’s.

And then it all came back to me.

I remember, four years ago, an afternoon on which he came home and, as was our daily habit, we talked about the various school happenings. He told me that the social studies assignment for that day was to write a letter to their future selves (or something like that), and that his teacher would mail it in a few years.

“Right,” I thought, “We’ll never see THAT assignment again…”

Guess what?

(If you can’t guess, go reread the beginning of this post.)

It arrived*!!

I called D at school and told him he received a letter from himself. He only vaguely remembered the assignment, but was excited about coming home this weekend so he could open it. I didn’t tell him that I already held it up to a bright light. (shh.) The only words I could see were, “Be nicer to J”.

This letter is going to be a hoot and a half.

If that weren’t enough, today he received ANOTHER letter from himself.

I can’t wait until he gets home tomorrow afternoon; the suspense is killing me. How about you?

*I can just picture this teacher–great guy!–with rubberbands around packets of letters from each year, with post-it notes on them, reminding him of the year in which he needs to mail them. I love that!

©2011 Suburban Scrawl

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  • Heather January 21, 2011, 6:12 am

    That is so cool! I remember doing a class project like that in high school- it was REALLY AWESOME to receive my letter a few years later at exactly the right time, too! How neat! 🙂

  • House of Jules January 21, 2011, 12:02 pm

    Those are gonna be fun to read!

  • Mr. Man January 21, 2011, 1:41 pm

    How funny is this going to be when you read the letters this weekend! Sounds like a fun assignment.

  • Tom January 21, 2011, 2:10 pm

    I'm going to sit here waiting to find out… this should be really good.

  • LceeL January 21, 2011, 4:03 pm

    What a neat idea. I, too, cannot wait to find out. I hope he doesn't deem them 'Private'.

  • adayinmynyc.com January 21, 2011, 5:20 pm

    AMAZING! I'm so excited for D and you…hopefully you can share what it says!

    Kudos to this teacher! YOU ROCK! 🙂

  • Mom24 January 21, 2011, 6:47 pm

    So fun! Hope he enjoys.

  • Tara R. January 21, 2011, 8:24 pm

    How cool! I hope he gets a kick out of it and maybe permits you to share a few of his 8th-grade-isms.