postcards make quick conversation
A postcard is a perfect way for something simple + easy to show thoughtfulness.
I send them to my grandparents because they either don’t have great internet connections or have a desire to spend time online. I’m not a phone call girl, so they can get some updates on the great grandkids and have something to share with their friends – some news to tell. It’s a quick conversation.
A postcard really only fits about three sentences on a 5×7 card.
It does require first class postage because of its size. But then I can write a little larger and they don’t need to strain to read the back or check out the picture on the front.
I use the picture to trigger a few thoughts about what we’ve been up to lately – a silly thing someone said, a fun family adventure, or a school project. They range from proud moments, to milestone accomplishments, to an everyday happening that we squeezed into our routine.
Sometimes my grandparents keep the postcards in a book and look back at them. Occasionally I get a stack of them back because they cleaned house and are purging papers.
But I always get a huge thank you from them and from our parents who see the cards in use or hear about them in phone conversations.
“We’ve thought of you today,” is always a nice feeling, and postcards make it extra fast to let someone know.
“We’d like to include you in our lives even though we’re not physically in the same place,” a little card expresses.
And perhaps most special of all, “You matter.”
It lets them know we talk about them and show the kids their pictures. I have my 3 year old on video “counting Grandmas” on his fingers. He sees great grandma’s picture and proudly exclaims, “She came to my birthday!” So postcards connect generations.
When they see me writing, the kids ask what I am doing. We talk about how everyone fits into the family, where they are living, when we’ve seen them last, or when we’ll see them again.
Who could you send a 3 sentence postcard to today?