Last week I participated in something really special. Rachael, a fellow blogger from the UK, lost her mother shortly before her mum turned 60. As a way to honor her memory, Rachael headed to Paris and left behind 60 postcards, one for every year of her mother’s life.
The postcards explained that Rachael was celebrating her mum’s life, and left an email address for finders to get in touch. Responses came in from all over the world, identifying with Rachael’s grief and commiserating by sharing their own stories of loss. You can read more about her story in Glamour UK (go Rachael!) here.
Her newest mission was to visit New York City and scatter similar postcards sent by her readers. She invited me to join her, and I was honored to be part of the process. Each postcard was filled with stories and memories of a loved one’s life, and I found myself getting teary as I read them.
One postcard was from a daughter writing in memory of her father, and described the fundraising that she’s been doing for a school in Kabul. This mission had begun with her dad donating his own clothes to those in Afghanistan, and she has grown the project in his honor.
Another was written in memory of a family member who made efforts to make his family laugh, even while he was sick, and how his loss has made her be more spontaneous and caring towards others.
Each card held such a special story, and I hope that each one will receive a response.
Rachael and I chose this postcard from a sister honoring her brother’s life and sharing stories about him. Because he loved to travel, we knew that Grand Central would be a perfect place to leave this card.
We found a spot where it would be hidden but (hopefully!) noticed, and I attached it to the railing.
Rachael then documented where it was left so that she could let the writer know that her postcard was placed at Grand Central.
Then came the hardest part: walking away without looking back, hoping that someone will find the card and reach out.
So as you’re wandering through the city, going about your day, keep your eyes open for these special postcards. Who knows, you may find one and have the opportunity to touch someone’s life. The world is big, and it’s comforting to know that we’re not walking through it alone.