11-Year-Old Sends Letter to Her Mailman, Receives Hundreds in Return from Postal Workers Everywhere

He says what they saw was the power of human connection — something we need now, more than ever before.

“Because Em was fully vulnerable, they were too. Em shared jokes, so they shared jokes. Em share[d] her brother, so every gift that was sent came in duplicate. Em shared @TaylorSwift13 and it turns out that the US Postal service is filled with lots of undercover Swifties.”

He continued, “One maintenance manager from Minnesota wanted to inspire her to start collecting stamps so he sent along two stamps of his own from the bulletin board in his office to start her collection.”

Many others sent Emerson stamps to use for her letters. She had counted 218 so far.

Hugh says the letters held something more than just words on a page. Because of one 11-year-old’s intentionality, “people felt seen — some for the first time in a long time.”

So after reading through all of the letters, Hugh says Emerson “did what she does best.”

“She wrote the dad. She wrote his son. She assured the secret swifties not to be embarrassed because her dad likes TSwift, too. She acknowledged that there WERE a lot of letter but that she had time. She sees them all.”

Hugh says he didn’t share the now-viral thread because he’s a proud dad, but rather, because we all have the power to create joy the way Emerson has for so many.

“It is relatively easy, if we take the time, to give others the one thing they need to be well – human connection.”

Because we all have a desire to be seen, known and loved.

Hugh goes on to encourage others during this time of isolation, to do the small act of reaching out. Everyone is in a different place during this quarantine, and there is no shortage of anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness. But, there’s also no shortage of kindness.

Since first tweeting about Emerson’s letter-writing journey on Sunday, Hugh’s thread has been retweeted nearly 25,000 times. He says the family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support for Emerson’s act of kindness.

“We’re seeing all of your replies & retweets,” he said. “We’re reading them aloud as a family. We’re absolutely in awe of the ripples of impact that have come from one letter.”

May we all take the time today to be a little more like Emerson. To decorate an envelope and be intentional and vulnerable with someone in this new normal. And may we pursue the connection we were created to have with those around us. Send a letter, make the call, shoot a text, and take that step of boldness, like Emerson.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of foreverymom.com. An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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