As an avid (amateur) genealogist, I love history and the way things come to life when you can move past the basics of names and dates. While doing family research I was fortunate enough to discover that my paternal grandmother had the original land documents from her enrollment as one of the Five Civilized Tribes.
I later discovered that an aunt on my maternal side had handwritten letters from the 1800’s that my great grandfather had written to his soon-to-be bride.
These are precious treasures that open the window into who my ancestors were and give me a glimpse of their personality along with how each generation is unique.
Why I want to send personal letters & a journal for my grandkids
It saddens me to think that with today’s technology we are losing that valuable piece of history and personal connection.
I’m sure some of us still send an occasional postcard when we are traveling or a thank you note after receiving a gift, but how often do we sit down and write, NOT type, a letter telling of our day?
It is so easy to pick up the phone and call, send an email, Face time or Skype.
Although all of these are wonderful tools and I enjoy the instant gratification of being able to talk to and see my grandchildren’s smiling faces it is a fleeting moment that only resides in the minds of those present individuals.
But in years to come, what will my future grandchildren and great grandchildren have that is concrete to reflect on and show the character and person that I was?
Many senior citizens, including in my 88 year old mother are technologically challenged or don’t even have access to a computer or Ipad. What better to connect with them than through a personal, handwritten note or drawing! I try to make sure to include some self-addressed envelopes for a return letter along with a book of stamps.
What better way to expand those handwritten notes but into a journal book and share your thoughts over several years. Then give to the child on a special or significant birthday. I must confess that I’m usually pretty good at starting this one but find over time that I tend to waver a bit.
Nevertheless, it is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to give your grandchildren a glimpse into your heart and soul that is preserved for future generations!
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Teresa is Kara’s own mother! Professionally, she is a retired National Board Certified Elementary Physical Education Teacher. She is now the grandma to 5 beautiful babies and is the planner and coordinator of games and activities for the toddlers, preschoolers, and young kids at her church.