When's the last time you received a piece of mail that made you grin ear to ear? For me, it was yesterday. Into my mailbox dropped the kind of news that brightens your whole day. It was a birth announcement, but with a twist – one mailed not by the new baby's parents but by her grandparents. There was a montage of photos of adorable little Greta with a card listing her birthdate, weight plus parents' and the grandparents' names.
What a wonderful idea, I thought. Grandparents have friends who need to know about this exciting event. My friend, grandma Liz, sent out her own announcements to make life that much easier for her daughter, who has more than a full-time job taking care of her newborn baby.
I liked the look and feel of Liz's announcements – the pictures, the words, the sense of celebration. I'd never received a grandparent announcement before, but when I began to look into it, I discovered I might be the only one who hasn't. There are websites offering templates for announcing a grandbaby's birth. You upload a photo, the pertinent data and shazam, you've got an announcement.
You'll have a lot more creative options if you choose a regular birth-announcement template and simply customize the language from parents to grandparents, and make sure the photo has you holding your new grandchild.
I suppose mailed birth announcements are probably going the way of the dodo bird, replaced by Facebook blasts. I sure hope this isn't the last one I'll receive. There's something purely wonderful about picking up your mail and finding a beautiful tiny face looking up at you.
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