When was the last time you wrote an email to your grandma? Or sent a card or letter to your grandpa just to let him know how school is going? Or even called your aunt just to say hi? If you have been waiting for a sign, this is it.
As college students, we let homework and jobs get in the way of keeping in touch with family, or sometimes we might even use them as an excuse to avoid too many questions from probing family members. But too often I’ve asked my friends if they keep in touch with their family (other than just their parents) and too often I’ve heard “no.” They’re always surprised when I tell them how active I am with keeping in touch with my family, which makes me wonder: is it really that uncommon?
Each family is different and it is true that only so much can be done if your grandparents or other relatives aren’t active online, but we still have phones; don’t let the internet be the barrier between reconnecting. I get it, sometimes your family just doesn’t understand what you’re going through. However, even if it takes a minute or two to explain to them what’s going on, I promise it will be worth it. They may have been born 50, 60, 70, or even 80 years ago, but some things never change.
In the past, I have made the mistake of assuming things were way too different “back then” for my grandparents to understand what I’m dealing with right now. When I finally spoke up and told them what was happening, I was pleasantly surprised to hear their similar stories. After talking with them, I was able to see my situation in a whole new light.
It’s a chance to see them as not just family, but as persons of their own. Your grandparents and aunts and uncles are often the greatest untapped resource for advice – so use it while you still can.