Dear Old House

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About

You know how after you move from a house, your old mailbox becomes somebody else’s mailbox? Well, I want all my mail back from my old homes. Just kidding. I mean, I always fear that really important stuff that I’m not expecting will be shipped off to locations that I no longer occupy, but that’s not what this is about.

I decided to write letters to all my old houses and share my favorite experiences in those places with whoever happens to live there now. Sometimes I mention one weird quirk that the house had when I stayed there, wondering if it’s been fixed. If anyone writes back from one of my old houses, I’ll be sure to include that on this site as well.

I’m inviting you to join in and think about the first house you lived in. If you feel like participating, please submit your own “Dear Old House,” letters and stories to this site or e-mail me at move.to.keep.things.whole@gmail.com (yes, I realize that it’s a super long e-mail address, I just don’t feel like being spammed on the regular).

If you enjoy the site, please get your friends involved and encourage others to write about their old homes, draw pictures of their old houses, find a photo of what the house looked like when they lived there, or send a letter to an old house.

Also, here is a picture of a tapir. Enjoy!

7 comments on “About

  1. Sarah Ostenson
    July 17, 2012

    I love this idea. It’s so much fun. Unfortunately my mom still lives in my former house so I can’t do this but I might for my college mailbox.

    Sarah

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  2. Lesly K.
    July 17, 2012

    What a great idea, I will definitely try this and get back to you! 🙂

  3. karen
    July 18, 2012

    I drive by the house my mom had built for us when I was 9 years old ( am 45 now) The house looks sad and I wish mom had never sold it. Am thinking a letter would be a great ideal!
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  4. Jungpo
    July 18, 2012

    Amazing idea! I hope the new residents will reply you back!
    I’d love to participate in this but I’ve been living most of my life in my family’s current house so I don’t remember anything about the other houses !

    -Jungpo,
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  5. Kristy
    July 18, 2012

    Ha! I would never have thought about doing that. 🙂

    FM#3-Zefaniya

  6. A Snailmail fan
    July 18, 2012

    Fun! I’m moving in a couple of months, and the thought of mail not making it to me when i do move does worry me, too! I’ll have to keep this project in mind!

  7. Leila
    July 18, 2012

    What a novel idea! I love it. I had such a love relationship with my last house, a beautiful old colonial wood and iron house built in 1890! I used to think, if only these walls could speak, what stories they would be able to tell! Both my daughters were born there. I was so sad to sell her when we moved out of the city, but thankfully, a delightful young couple bought her and planned to fix her up and start their own family there. So I know she’ll be cared for and loved.
    Thanks for a place where everyone can share and remember. (rubyrose)

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