When was the last time you sent something in the mail to your grandparents? My grandma doesn’t have Facebook, so she doesn’t get to see all the incredible pictures I post of my food. I don’t know how she can bear it. She doesn’t live near me, so she’s never seen my apartment or where I work; she doesn’t get the play-by-play of my daily life. I think it would make her happy if she did, but who has time to keep everyone else updated? I barely have time to do all the things I’m supposed to share.
I feel like putting my stuff on the internet means I’ve shared it, but it’s not the same. It doesn’t come close to telling someone the story behind the photos. You miss out on the immediate feedback and the chance to relate better to the other person. I took photos of my Ireland trip once to show my grandma, and when I showed her the photo of me kissing the Blarney stone, she said that she’d also done that.
She told me the story of when she went there with her sisters and mom. When they arrived at Blarney castle, my great grandma was tired and decided that she would stay on the bus while everyone else climbed up the many stairs to the top of the castle. So my grandma and great aunts went on without her. Not long after they reached the top, they looked back and saw great grandma working her way up, because she decided that she’d come all that way and she wasn’t going to just sit on the bus.
I learned that my grandparents like adventure, and they also apparently have a condition known as FOMO (fear of missing out). That’s a story I never would’ve heard without starting the conversation.
Earlier this year, my cousins and I had a girls weekend and sleepover at Grandma’s house. (Note: I’ll put together a post of that soon, because I have some great planning tips for hosting your own fun weekend with girlfriends.) Afterwards, I put together a photo book and sent it to Grandma as a thank you gift for hosting us. She was so proud of that book. She kept it out on the dining room table so she could show it to everyone who came over. I’m sure all the other grandmas were jealous of how much fun we have. I can’t blame them.
Today, if you’re lucky enough to have any living grandparents, you are going to send mail to them. Print out some pictures to send, along with a nice card letting them know how much you miss them. Next week, you’ll do a follow up call, but don’t worry about that today because I’ll remind you.
One of my favorite sites to print from is Mpix. They have a really fast turn-around time and the prints are good quality. I’ve always used them to print out Christmas calendars and have been happy with the results, relative to the price.
The photos are in the mail to your grandparents, now go back to Day 1 for a list of the other daily prompts!
Before you go,