Five Minute Friday | Mail


When I saw the prompt for today’s post, I was tempted to skip because all that came to mind was my favorite lines from the epic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie You’ve Got Mail (Nora Ephron) …

“… all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings …”

“How about coffee, drinks, dinner, a movie … for as long as we both shall live?”

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I’d send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address…”

“Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”

…I could go on and on. While highly entertaining to reflect on one of my favorite movies of all time, it isn’t very original to share those quotes here.

I was feeling stumped about how to write anything meaningful, when the best kind of mail–real, live mail–arrived after school. Hand-delivered by none other than the resident first grader. He’s working on letter writing at school and warned me last week that I’d be receiving piles of letters from him.

Oh, rats. Woe is me. Letters from one of my children. (All tongue-in-cheek, of course. I treasure their notes and save every single one).

This particular missive is a request to bake together. Brownies, muffins, scrumptious pastries, just to name a few. Isn’t he precious?

How could I say no?

Such a sweet note and a poignant reminder of how important quality time is with our littles because they grow up so quickly.

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  1. martha brady:

    what a sweet note from your son:) it’s nice he wants to spend time with you isn’t it? i’m martha and your next door neighbor at FMF:)


    • Heidi:

      Hi, Martha. Yes, I’m grateful he wants to spend time with me. A blessing for sure. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.


  2. Emma Hughes:

    I struggled with the prompt this week too! Briefly flirted with the idea of writing about chain mail (as in armour) but quickly discarded that! I love that your son wrote to you about baking – that is very cool 😃 he sounds like a real cutie 😃


    • Heidi:

      Thanks, Emma! I would love to read a post about chain mail…maybe another day, right? Thank you for the compliments. He is a cutie, indeed.


  3. Jeanne Takenaka:

    Loved this Heidi. I save every single note my boys write me too. Especially now. With them both coming into their teen years, I get fewer of those little missives.

    By the way, You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies too. 🙂


    • Heidi:

      Notes from our boys are sweet blessings, aren’t they, Jeanne? Our oldest doesn’t text yet but he emails us from school and shares little tidbits of his day. I love it! Thank you for visiting. I’m glad we share a mutual affection for You’ve Got Mail.


  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser:

    Well, gosh, Heidi. “You’ve Got Mail” is one of my very favourite movies (and so is “Sleepless In Seattle”). This is NOT what you might expect to hear from a chap who worked as a security contractor in some rather unpleasant places, doing things he would never share.

    Or maybe it’s exactly what you’d expect – and hope – to hear, that the killing fields didn’t kill my soul?

    #1 at FMF this week.


    • Heidi:

      Hey, Andrew! Thanks for stopping by. Happy to hear you enjoy “You’ve Got Mail”, as well. I’ve seen your comments on other blogs. Glad we were able to connect via FMF this week.


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