Corde’s had an e-mail address for about a year now. She hasn’t had much interest in it. She had me write a couple of e-mails for her, but she really didn’t want to do all the reading and writing required a lot of work on my part as I had to read everything to her and type everything for her, and then I had to pry out of her what she wanted to write about. It wasn’t easy. Eventually she and I both gave up.
Well, it’s been a year, and now Corde’s lost most of her friends. We’ve moved halfway across the state from most of her friends. Some of her friends have moved out of state. She’s feeling, well, lonely. Even her family lives incredibly far away. That’s when I got a message on Facebook from Maddy on her mom’s account. She asked if I could give Corde her new e-mail address. Well, I did, and Corde wrote to her last night. After that she wrote to my mom, our friend Annie sent us an e-mail, and she’s slowly expanding her own social circle. She wants to connect with other people and keep in touch with friends she hasn’t seen in a while. I guess that’s something I’d always read a lot of unschoolers do, but I never really thought Corde would be on board.
To be fair, she’s not reading and writing her own e-mail. I’m reading it for her and taking dictation like a secretary. This allows her to have her own e-mail without having to do all the work. The way I see it, eventually she’s not going to want me monitoring or being the middle-man in her e-mails, so she’s going to have to cut me out at some point or another. However, it’s a start.
This whole thing has added a new layer. She wants to start writing letters. She’s determined that getting mail is simply too much fun and it doesn’t happen often enough. I’ve found some old stamps and we have paper. All we need is a few envelopes so we can send her letters on their way. She’s really excited about this. As much of the postal service deliveries are junk mail and bills, she figures it would be nice to revive the world of letter writing. Even card companies are starting to go under as a result of e-cards replacing real cards. Instead of watching the postal service be completely replaced for everything but package delivery, she’s decided she’s going to get into letter writing.
Of course, letter writing isn’t cheap. I’m not sure how much stamps cost these days, but if I remember correctly, it’s somewhere in the $0.40-0.50 range. That means we’re not going to be able to send out tons of letters with any kind of frequency. She’s not going to be able to send out a letter a day or anything, but we should be able to do a bulk group of letters once a month. She’s even talked about trying to build a business or something to support her letter writing campaign. We’ll have to see what she can come up with for that. It would be awesome if she could come up with it.
So this leaves Corde with another project. What is she going to do in order to support her letter writing habit if it turns into something big. I know Corde’s not thinking about that yet, but if anyone’s got some great ideas for something Corde could do to fund her letter writing habit (or art projects, etc) then let us know! It will give her even more inspiration!