Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Letters From Home

Aug. 25, 1987

Dear Ginny,
    I will try to make Tues. my day to write to you. Your Father has already written, as he cannot stop talking about leaving his little Ginny at college…I hope that today you will have good luck registering for classes and getting your books. Everything else should be a piece of cake! As classes start, I’m sure you’ll get into a routine and settle in quickly. Of course, many people asked about you Sunday (it couldn’t be because Daddy mentioned taking you to college in his sermon, could it?!) Everyone wishes you well.

                                                                      We love you,


Dear Ginny,
    This is my day off, but I had chapel today and did some other stuff…Last night Mom and Meredith went to the Lyric Opera. The G—-‘s couldn’t go so they gave us the tickets. I couldn’t go with Mom — had an appointment and PTL meeting — so Meredith went. It was a modern one, so a little boring — but O.K. I guess. I love you ginny — God keep you safe. Behave and study a lot!



Dear Ginny,

    Did you really think I wasn’t going to write you? What kind of a sister do you think I am?…People keep asking me if I miss you. Of all the stupid questions! I must’ve got asked that 15 times yesterday. It was driving me absolutely nutso!… I think I shall write a letter to K, too. —From hearing stories about what her roommate is like, it sounds like she could use a little cheering up! So I’ll say goodbye — you could write back, if you really wanted too! Have fun (but be good!)

                                                                      (your sister)


Tuesday, August 25, 1987

Dear Ginny,
   Thank you very much for the two-dollar bill. I will never spend it. The year when it was printed is the year I was born in!….How is the weather you’re having? It rained last night and has been raining almost all day. How are you getting along with Peggy? Is she nice? By her picture I would think she is. When you get this, I won’t expect you to write back right away because you’ll probably be very busy. When you do write back you could combine letters on one piece of paper.
                                                                      Yours truly,
                                                                       Jamie (your loving brother. HaHa)


Sept. 15, 1987

Dear Ginny,
    I’m sorry I haven’t been writing. I haven’t forgotten about you. Actually, I kept reminding myself to write to you. School is keeping me busy (probably not as busy as you, but busy).
    This typewriter is driving me crazy. You must be glad to have the new one. Have You used it much?…I don’t mind if you show this to your friends, but if you do, tell them I’m doing the righ t fingering, not just picking it out with my first finger.
   Don’t get homesick, just keep in mind that we love you. Write as much as you can, because I love mail, too. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO and many more!!
                                                                    Your  Loving Sister,
                                                                    Heather Jo

P.S. Which is X and which is O?

As I was going through my memory box for earlier posts, I found a stack of old letters I had saved. These are excerpts from letters I received soon after I left for college.

Continue telling Mommy’s Piggy TALES with me! Starting October 11, I’ll be writing a guest post on my Young Adult Years each Monday at Mommy’s Piggy TALES! We will write six posts remembering our young adult years. Janna, author of Mommy’s Piggy TALES, and I will provide suggested prompts to help you write your posts. Please email me – lemondroppie(at)gmail(dot)com – to sign up!

10 Replies to “Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Letters From Home”

  1. i am so glad you have these.. i did a post about letter writing a long way back… I think this was a terrific idea… for the last post.. I miss my dad and wish he had left me some letters from life before he died…

  2. OH!!!!!!!!! You win the most precious memory post of all!!!!!!!!!! Isn't this a total blessing….I can say I don't have one letter from my parents…I guess that wasn't their thing. This is just precious beyond belief. What a heritage you have, what a treasure!!! I know they are more special today then they were that time in college…even though they were treasures then.
    So enjoyed your journey, thanks for letting me peek in on your life!!!

  3. When I left for college my dad sent me an e-mail almost every single day of freshman year just to say he loved and missed me…after that they came less frequently and I was shocked at how much I missed those e-mails!What wonderful memories you were able to preserve! Thanks for sharing such fun moments with us!

  4. How wonderful that you have these precious written memories! I loved this post! My mom used to send me care packages in the mail and I always loved getting them.

  5. I love that you saved all those letters, what a great thing to look back on!! I am glad you are going to continue with the Young Adult Years, I have really enjoyed your stories and your great story-telling ability!!

  6. That's so neat that you found those letters! I think I have a bunch of emails saved someplace from my mom, but I'm not sure they're even in a readable format anymore… I should try to find them. Thanks for the inspiration! And, thanks for hosting the young adult years – looking forward to it!

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