Thursday, September 24, 2009

My First Business Letter, Age 8

My mom unearthed this collection of “flipout books” last week while we were visiting, and they brought back such memories. When I was little, I would buy them with allowance money at the elementary school library. The little packets covered one topic and unfolded into long panels with a picture and details. They were just the right size and price - originally 35 cents and later as much as 50 cents – for a grade schooler to enjoy making independent choices and having purchasing power.

I probably bought the Horses (Clydesdale, Appaloosa, Quarter Horse, etc) booklet first, followed by Dogs (Great Dane, German Shepherd, Poodle), dinosaurs, and many others. The Flags booklet was my favorite, and it’s an amusing revisit with so many of the nations in new forms – like the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany.

One day, we learned from Mrs. Crawford, the librarian’s assistant, that the flipbooks line had been discontinued, and there would be no more arriving to the library shop. I was crushed. A schoolmate and I were actually motivated enough to write our very first business letter, cursive on three ring hole punched lined paper, to tell the company how much we liked their product.

And what success we had! They sent us their remaining stock for free.

Never underestimate the power of a letter. Especially from children.

5 comments:

Bob said...

What a story, impressive evidence.

tali said...

I remember having a school assignment (in a unit about letter-writing) to write to a local business commenting about your experience with them, positive or negative. It was a great exercise - many kids got responses and sometimes free stuff too! I suppose these days it would be email writing though...

Amber said...

That shows some initiative, for sure. I'm so glad that you were amply rewarded for your efforts!

Asianmommy said...

What a wonderful thing!

mayberry said...

I remember once getting my name in the newspaper after sending a letter. Such a rush! ;)