Overcoming Bloglessness

Old Letters


Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters
For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters.

Old Letters

Old letters from my treasure chest, written by my grandmother when she was a little girl.


My favorite one is the circus letter, written in 1908 when Grandma was ten.  She would be embarrassed about the spelling errors and penmanship, but I think she did very well. It’s hard to sound out English words when everyone you know has a Norwegian accent. (I added some punctuation because I couldn’t stand not to.)

I saw a lot at the circus.  I saw four lions and two tigers and two apes with four little ones.  They were funny when they were going to eat nuts and we saw three camels, one rain deer, one lama, one bear and four elephence and the elefence roust around the rings and they had two rings and plat forme or what ever your call it and they had two girls that danced .  One was dressed pink, she had a grey hores and the other one had a white hores and a light blue dress and she leaps on the horses.  I saw some clowns that jumped over the elefence.  I can not tell you every thing we saw.


I’m so grateful to Emma for saving these letters and to her daughter who gave them to me.  Reading them takes me back in time to the place I’d most like to visit: the old farmhouse on the prairie that the old folks spoke of so fondly, a dreamy look in their eyes.





Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

5 thoughts on “Old Letters

  1. This is beautiful. I love all of it! Thank you!

  2. I love it too – and for me there was an added bonus. On first glance, the writing was so like my own grandmother’s I did a double-take. Amazing, particlularly since they were on opposite sides of the world.

  3. What a great treasure…

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