Island Crafters

Kindred Spirit Mailbox

June 24th, 2014

While watching the news last night, I viewed a special feature on a Kindred Spirit Mailbox in Bird Island, North Carolina that made me stop and just go ... "Awww"!  (heart, heart)

A kindred spirit is a person whose interests or attitudes are similar to one's own.   Some people refer to it as a relationship based on a spiritual and emotional connection.

It all started over 35 years ago when Frank Nesmith and his girlfriend put up the original mailbox and left a blank notebook in it in hopes that people would leave little messages in it.   Something so seemingly simple, yet many people actually stopped and took the time to share their deepest thoughts and feelings in these notebooks.   Apparently, people are still leaving messages to this day!    I'm sure it's not the same mailbox...and there's a cute bench there now...but what a cute idea huh?

They have a collection of notebooks from years past, and the gentleman, Mr. Nesmith (who is now 87) has helpers that keep the notebooks replenished since he does not visit as regularly as he used to.  I was wondering what happened to all of the full journals and read that they are kept at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

I would love to visit this mailbox and pen my thoughts as well as take time to read some of the journals of the past!

What a heart warmer! <3




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