eighty-seven: letters for Alison + Virginia

Hello, two-letter Tuesday! These days are becoming a real favorite of mine. Today’s letters go out to another pair of special ladies. Alison is figuring out her next steps after the loss of a loved one and a job–on the same day (the real pits!). And Virginia recently celebrated her seventeenth birthday. Enjoy!

March 29, 2011



I understand you’re having a rough go of it in 2011. Susan told me about the loss of your grandfather. I am so very sorry. I know he’s in a better place now. And he will forever be part of your heart.

And about your job woes—what a bummer! The timing couldn’t have been worse I’m sure. I know first hand how difficult it can be to find fulfilling employment. In my experience, a positive attitude goes a long way. Don’t get defeated. Keep sticking your neck out there and something is sure to turn up.

I never expected to be where I am today, but I realize its all part of the journey. There is this unknown quote that always kept me going when I thought things couldn’t be worse: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” I hope this helps you through the rough patch. And know you’ve got lovely friends like Susan who are just a phone call (or a proper letter) away.

Best of Luck,


kate spade




Happy Belated Birthday! Ms. Frances tells me you had a bit of an abbreviated celebration for the big 1-7. What a shame. I am sorry to hear about the fair health of your sister. I think the two of you need birthday do-overs! I say you plan a proper celebration on your half birthdays in September. The weather will be perfect and everyone will have their summer glow. It’s a brilliant plan if I do say so myself!

Your godmother also tells me you’ve got big dreams to study literature in college and to spend a semester abroad in the UK. I spent my spring semester of my junior year in London—quite possibly the best five months of my life! I love everything about that city and would do anything to return (for good). When you go, because I am quite sure you will, be sure to fill up on their amazing museums, fish + chips and that swoon-worthy accent!

I hope your seventeenth year is your best yet—you’ve got a big, bright future ahead!



R.Nichols (graciously donated–thank you!)

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