Random Observation/Comment #292: I love receiving things in the mail. Tearing open cardboard boxes is much more rewarding than opening an email with a click. Sometimes I’ll just buy random things on Amazon so I can open them.
Wherever I’ve traveled, I’ve sent a postcard to my parents. It has always made them smile. Here are the pictures of those postcards:
It was a project that I kept in the back of my head ever since I started traveling after Cooper. I figured, I’d get enough postcards to fill my wall if I bought one from each place I traveled to. I was very ambitious.
Send postcards to friends around the world that I’ve lost touch with. On the postcards, write meaningful and relevant content to our memories shared together.
The postcard project came to light when I was reviewing my web of peeps and felt like I hadn’t connected with my travel friends for quite some time. I have met so many people around the world, yet our connection has been reduced to little Facebook News Feed blips. When I was in Hamburg studying, I sent around 20 postcards to my friends and family back home. I really enjoyed doing the task even though it took forever. This is just an evolved version of what I did back then.
Luckily, I had the foresight to start this postcard project early. Here are the steps:
- Write FB messages/texts to friends and family for 2-3 days asking them to participate in the project
- Save all mailing addresses into a google doc
- Write messages for each person in the google doc
- Buy $60 worth of local and international stamps
- Create my own “Perfect Simplicity” postcard from www.zazzle.com . Bought 60 prints.
- Spend 2-3 days writing 53 postcards
- Nurse the blister from writing
Apologies in advance for my terrible handwriting. I actually didn’t rush any of it and I tried very hard to write legibly. Unfortunately, I have the handwriting of a doctor.
This is much more than a one-day challenge. It took some planning, but not as much work as you would expect. Connecting with those friends just to get their mailing addresses was rewarding. I have no idea what type of response I will get from this, but I hope I at least made a few people smile.
As an alternative reason to sending these postcards, my parent’s place did not fare well in Hurricane Sandy. For those of you who received a postcard and would like to return the favor, please send one to my parents at:
1054 Jefferson Street
Baldwin, NY 11510
I hope their spirits will be uplifted when they see some postcards from around the world.
~See Lemons Send Love
I love this. I used to buy 5 postcards every place I traveled: mom/dad, sister, Nana, Uncle & BF. Over the years Relationships have changed… Elders have passed. Now I send a postcard to my local coffeeshop and my folks. Wish I had thought of your plan!
It’s never too late to do it now 🙂 I adopted this from Jason’s thank you cards.