I’m about to leave on a vacation with my family and my parents. My mother is bringing stamps. Is this a weird thing to bring on vacation? Not for her.
My parents are retired and travel quite a bit and every time they’re out of town, my daughters each get a postcard or card in the mail. The excitement on my girls’ faces is priceless, even just to see that there’s a piece of mail with their name on it, then reading about what Grandma and Grandpa are doing and seeing on their trip. It’s nice to know their Grandparents are thinking of them, even when they’re not here.
My mom also makes cute, quick invitations for holiday gatherings she has at her house and sends them, one for each of my daughters to let them know they’re invited for Valentine’s lunch, an Easter Egg hunt, or a 4th of July picnic. They adore receiving these personal invitations and can’t wait for “Grandma’s party” when they get them.
There’s something special about the feeling you get when you receive something personal in the mail. With all the other impersonal advertisements, bills, and credit card offers, I receive, it is really exciting to see an envelope with someone’s handwriting on it. It makes me happy to see that someone out there took a minute to write my name on an envelope personally and send it to me. That feeling is multiplied when I open the envelope to find a handwritten letter or a handmade card.
I do not have a great track-record for remembering to send cards on birthdays and anniversaries. I don’t know if I’ve ever sent a postcard. I wouldn’t even think to send someone a letter. A “Happy Birthday” note on Facebook or a quick email to a friend is about all I’ve made time for in the past. Time is always my issue, but with the fast pace we all move at, it’s getting more and more important to take some time and send a personal, meaningful greeting like a letter or handmade card.
So I’m starting now. My goal is to send a handmade card to each of my family members and close friends for their birthday this year. I admit I might end up cheating once or twice and buy a card when I can’t find a minute to make one, but I’m making it my goal to send something personal, through the mail, with that lovely handwritten name and address they’ll be excited to see.
Take some time, make some time if you have to, and send a personal hello, or happy birthday, or thinking of you to someone you love. With that card or letter, you’ll be sending a smile and a great feeling and you’ll be so glad you did!