What to write on notes to family members who are ill / recuperating?
October 16, 2013 8:08 PM Subscribe
I have 2 family members on a different continent who are recovering from major (different) surgeries. One is an aunt in her 70s, the other is a cousin in her late 20s. They're both bed-bound and will be for a while. I can't do much from where I am, but do want them both to know I am thinking of them, and do something to brighten their days, even if briefly. I've been writing and mailing postcards or cards every 2/3 days, but am running out of useful/interesting things to say....
posted by darsh to society & culture (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The reason I am sending snail mail as opposed to email / phone call is that there's no obligation on their part to respond / be alert / engage unless they want to - this is not about adding more to their plates. I really want to keep this going - relatives who are geographically closer and seeing both of them indicate it's appreciated.
I found a bunch of sweet or funny cards and postcards, but I am starting to run out of things to write on them:
1) 'Thinking of you' or 'get well soon' seems obvious and non-helpful
2) for a while, I did little notes about the subject of the card esp if it was a subject of mutual interest - for example, for my cousin, a note about cats on one of these
I feel awkward talking about day-to-day aspects of our lives, as that feels like I am running in the fact of my 'normal' life. I'd love any ideas or suggestions of notes to write that would be tactful and hopefully cheerful