Our Story

One day, I was visiting my grandson, Leo, when the postman arrived with the mail. Leo immediately jumped up and announced, “Mail’s here!” He then proceeded to study each item, junk mail included, with great enthusiasm.

I was struck by Leo’s excitement and, as an avid storyteller, wondered if there was a way to combine the art of storytelling with the mail. I decided to give it a try.

I wrote a version of The Train Station for Leo and, over the course of several days, mailed him the story in a series of letters. Only in the last letter, did I reveal my identity. Leo was thrilled, and by the second letter hooked and sharing his letters with his first grade class at school. News quickly spread and everyone from the principal to school parents wanted to know what was going to happen next in the story and just who was the mystery letter-sender?

I went on to send my granddaughter, Ella, a series of letters about a ballerina in dance class and when it, too, was a hit, the rest as they say is history. My storytelling adventure with my grandchildren had become Mail’s Here. Welcome.

 

Sharon Coleman is a UCLA graduate. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a probation officer with at-risk teenagers and managed her family’s glass-decorating and manufacturing company for thirty years. Most importantly, she is now the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren.