Christmas Snail Mail Love Letters for My Grandchildren
Since I can’t hold them in my arms; I will hug them with my words.
“A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” — Unknown
The COVID-19 Christmas will be hard. I’m a grandmother, so I’m older, I have underlying conditions, I’m isolated. 2020 will be the first time I’m not with family during the holidays since my grandchildren were born. I have not kissed my grandchildren in more than a year.
Both of my children are done with their families. I have three grandchildren. A girl age five from my daughter. A boy age eighteen and a girl twenty-one from my son. That is all I’m going to get. Both of my children are done making babies. I’m a writer — a good one. I will craft unique Christmas handwritten letters for each of my grandchildren and send them via snail mail.
Our youngest grandchild is five years old. For her, I brought lined printing paper, the kind you used to teach young children to write the alphabet. We will print in block letters. I’m going to add handmade glitter stickers to her letter reflecting Christmas. My message will be six sentences. For this child, my message is simple and sweet.
I love you.
I miss you.
I wish I was with you.
Next Christmas, I’ll come to your house.
I love you.
My grandson turned eighteen this month. He has always been my superstar, holding that special “only grandson” position in my heart. He has done well during this pandemic. My grandson is smart and athletic. He is considered a scholar-athlete and was featured on his local cable station. For him, I purchased some colored textured writing paper. I will add sports Christmas designs my spouse will custom make.
My letter will emphasize how proud I am of him. I’ll print this letter using my fancy dandy, almost cursive printing. I will let him know that while I love his scholarship and his athletic prowess; I will always love him no matter…