what to write to a child

The dreaded small talk conversation.
You offer a smile.
And a hello.
And then maybe a comment about how big they’ve grown.
But you leave feeling unfulfilled and wondering why you’ve just had a relatively meaningless conversation-if you can call it that- with someone.
It may be a niece or the little one in the shopping cart behind you or the neighbor kid.
You wonder if they care about the answer.
You wonder if you care.

You finally sit down to pen a note to a child, but all you can think about is what they were wearing or how cute they look.
You know she‘d love to hear from you and she probably doesn’t even care if you discuss how you had to share one mitten and walk uphill both ways to get to school.


It’s fun to write to a child.

What colors do you see around you?
Do you have any pets?
What was your favorite childhood book?
What kinds of things do you do in your free time?
What do you remember about a summer vacation or special trip?
Do you play a favorite game with friends?
How do you celebrate a special event?

All of a sudden you have a much more intriguing story to share.
Your new friend feels like she’s sharing the moment with you.
Your typical favorites and interests aren’t quite so boring and are post card worthy.

When you’re wondering what to write, take something  – like memories from childhood – and make it meaningful and memorable.



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