Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Mail Out: Letters for Miette...

It is tax time in Australia and I'm drowning in paperwork!

At least I have the art of letter-writing to keep me sane: When the constant stream of numbers begin to blur and the pounding in my head returns (numbers always do this to me), I return to my mail and seek solace in the written word.

I seem to be forever proclaiming how wonderful it is to receive a handwritten letter. There's something curious and exciting about the post when it brings more than just bills and junk mail. Letters make people smile and can turn an otherwise mundane or miserable day into a bright one. They are a dark cloud's silver lining, yet such a simple pleasure, an uncomplicated delight.

Last week Rin from Papered Thoughts shared with her blog readers Miette Skiller's story. Miette is a five-year-old girl from Queensland, Australia, who has been diagnosed with an incurable brain stem tumour - you can read more about her journey here.

Miette's simple, uncomplicated wish is to receive as many snail mail letters as she can. I figured I was more than qualified to help with that, so on the weekend I took some time away from the cash book and the tax receipts to pen a little letter to Miette.

If you too would like to send some postal magic Miette's way, you can do so by writing her at:

Miette Skiller
PO Box 2134
Brighton QLD 4017

Go on, just do it: Get the kids involved, the pets, the work colleagues and write a letter to make Miette's day that little bit brighter.

Written correspondence has been a hobby of mine for a long time, & Monday Mail Out is a weekly feature whereby I can share my love for the lost art of letter writing. I hope my experiences will encourage others to send out letters on Monday too, and have them rediscover the joy of sending and receiving mail. If you have a blog, feel free to join in.


  1. Holland is joining this project too!;)

    1. How wonderful! Mail is such an easy way to make someone smile. :)

  2. I definitely agree that a personal letter in the mailbox beats a bill! I use to write lots of letters but have got quite slack recently. I did tax the other day and think I might owe money....blah! Goodluck with yours.

    1. Isn't it horrible when you submit a tax return with the feeling that you'll be getting a bill from the ATO? Ugh, hate it. I've not done mine yet; going to use an accountant this year for SJ's business stuff so I've been getting his cash book and receipts all in order. BORING! Oh well, it is only once a year, I suppose. Like Christmas, except without the presents and good food and fun.


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