When my first DGD was born, I went to help the, slightly shell shocked, parents for several weeks. It crossed my mind that these were the first days of her life, and important , but that we would all forget much of it, and she would of course not remember it at all. So I wrote her a letter. And the next time I was with her I wrote to her again - and it became a habit. As time went on I began to include photographs and to tell her, and later her brother, things they had said and done while we were together. I now have 6 DGC and write to them in the same way - though not those I see every day. I could of course 'write' to those who are close every 4 or 6 weeks, and have the same effect.
One of the children calls the letters the "what we did" letters and they look forward to them. The parents keep them. But after 10 years I had all the What We Did letters to the oldest two DGC, printed in a book - I had one printed for each family member and one for me. The family absolutely love these books and will keep them safely. Most grandparents I tell about this say they wish they had thought of it, so I thought I'd share the idea.
If you get a book printed, I found it easier to go to a printer who will print a few books at a time, rather than one of those on line printers where you do it all yourself. I finally found a printer who was very helpful and made it fairly easy to do - it is worth shopping around both for price and for helpfulness. You can of course also keep all the letters in a cloud! But I think a real book is very special and the books will probably pass down the generations. If you want to take up this idea, you don't have to get a book printed: each "What We Did" letter is looked forward to and read with huge enjoyment.
Applegran Wed 23-Aug-17 10:55:24
Imperfect27 Wed 23-Aug-17 11:49:04
Norah Wed 23-Aug-17 12:04:11
Anya Wed 23-Aug-17 12:06:25
Newquay Wed 23-Aug-17 15:23:15
ninathenana Wed 23-Aug-17 15:31:34
grannysue05 Wed 23-Aug-17 15:40:08
silverlining48 Wed 23-Aug-17 15:57:52
silverlining48 Wed 23-Aug-17 16:00:28
Libralady Wed 23-Aug-17 17:08:10
Applegran Sat 26-Aug-17 11:34:01
Applegran Sat 26-Aug-17 11:54:13
silverlining48 Sat 26-Aug-17 15:42:05
Flaxseed Sat 26-Aug-17 15:53:07
silverlining48 Sat 26-Aug-17 16:00:23
silverlining48 Sat 26-Aug-17 16:07:04
Applegran Sat 26-Aug-17 22:51:45
silverlining48 Sun 27-Aug-17 22:24:14