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Snail mail returns

Chianne Mallari | Photograpgher
Chianne Mallari | Photographer

Remember the last time you sat down and wrote a letter out to one of your friends and dropped it off at a mailbox for them to receive weeks later? Me neither.

MC freshman Rachel Leslie is bringing snail mail back, along with Westview freshman Kaila Uyeda.

“We [have been] writing letters back and forth since late August of last year,” Leslie said.

The two have a history that goes pretty far back, but they didn’t really know each other until recently.

“We went to the same elementary school, then in eighth grade we were in the same basic ed and we sat next to each other and became friends,” Leslie said.

When Leslie found out her new friend would not be attending MC with her in the fall, she knew she had to find a deeper way for them to communicate.

“I was on Wiki how and [there was] that button that just brings out random articles and one of them was on how to stay in touch with a friend,” Leslie said. “One of [the ideas] was to write a letter.”

Once the idea had sparked in her mind, Leslie went out of her way to astonish her friend.

“I had her address in my phone and I was like ‘perfect, I’ll surprise her,’ because when someone texts you it takes like two seconds but when you write a letter you actually have to sit there and think about it and decorate it,” Leslie said.

Once Uyeda received the letter, they began sending and receiving on a normal basis. They even got creative with it, adding their own jokes and designs to each card.

“We are both really into puns, so we will write the pun in and then we have to wait until [the other] writes back to get the pun,” Leslie said. “It’s the anticipation of knowing you’re going to get a letter that’s so great.”

The idea behind it is very simple, but effectively sweet.

“The letter writing is mainly just for fun, because we text each other too [to tell the other] ‘I just sent you a letter,’” Leslie said. “I’ll text her the whole story but she will still get the letter with the whole story so she gets to read it twice! Lucky her right?”

About Laura Loomis

Laura Loomis

Laura is a senior at MC and news editor on the SUN staff. Besides a passion for chickens and ranch houses, she enjoys the unpredictable nature of life.

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