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An Ode To Letter Writers Like Me


I come from a family of letter writers. On my mother’s side we have a tradition that began well before I was born, called the “Round Robin.” The Round Robin is a circulated letter sent to a list of almost two dozen family members. When the Robin arrives in my mailbox, my previous letter will be the oldest in the pile. I read all the letters that came after mine, put a new letter on the top, and mail it to the next person on the list. This tradition predates email by about fifty years and is difficult to justify, particularly since many of the original participants have died and the new generation of letter writers finds the receipt of an enormous pile of correspondence daunting in a way the previous generation probably did not. As a result, the Robin now takes a very long time to complete its circular migration—always in excess of a year, sometimes as long as two. There was a now-famous incident when the Robin was lost under a cousin’s bed for nearly six months and presumed dead. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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