Daughter Apologizes for Not Writing Mom in Letter Post Office Loses for 83 Years

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (KRON) — In the summer of 1931, 23-year old school teacher Miriam McMichael sat down to write a letter to her mother apologizing for taking so long to write.

Miriam’s mother never saw the apology but her niece did when the post office delivered the letter, 83-years late.

Both Miriam and her mother have long since died.

In the letter the teacher tells her mother, “I’m just getting around to write. I imagine you have been anxiously waiting for a letter all week. I have no excuses, but that I just didn’t get to it and there are lots of things to tell you, too.”

Postal officials say they can only guess the letter got stuck in an old piece of sorting equipment and finally got knocked loose. They say they knew something was up when they saw the letter had a two-cent stamp.

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