Ann MacMichael holds the letter her aunt mailed in 1931, which just arrived last week. (Source: WABI/CNN)
PITTSFIELD, ME (WABI/CNN) - In a story that takes "snail mail" to a whole new level, a long-lost letter is finally delivered 83 years later.
"I have a letter from my aunt that she wrote when she was teaching school for one year in Houlton that she wrote in 1931, but it just got delivered last week," said Ann MacMichael. "The very first part I love. It's just so ironic because she said, 'I'm sorry I haven't written sooner. I just haven't gotten to it, but I know you've been anxiously waiting for a letter all week.' And here it is 83 years, and it's just being delivered."
The woman was writing to her mother, MacMichael's grandmother, 83 years ago.
The lost letter finally turned up in Pittsfield, and the post office eventually tracked down MacMichael's brother in Skowhegan. Both her grandmother and aunt have died, but MacMichael wonders what her grandmother might say if she'd been around to receive the letter.
"She'd probably say, 'It's about time. Why haven't you written? Why didn't you write yet?'" MacMichael said. "I think she'd get a big kick out of it. I know my aunt would, she'd get a big kick out of it."
The letter from another lifetime brings fond memories for the MacMichael family.
"It's been fun. It's been fun to read it and reminisce a little bit about her and my grandmother and that side of my family and the memories that they have," MacMichael said. "It's kind of like she's here."
Ann plans to send the letter to her aunt's son in Massachusetts.
"I hope you get it. I hope the letter's not a jinx," MacMichael said. "But I already copied it and sent a copy so they know what it says, but I don't know. Maybe I should drive down and give it to them in person."
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