Mysterious not because they were written by hand. But rather, where they were from. They were non-descript cards, not the usual “Greetings from San Francisco” type of postcard bearing scenes from the location. In fact, some were simply notecards with just a message on one side and my address on the other. And they bore no return address or name of sender…but I could tell from the postmark from where they hailed from across the United Stated.
And they appeared all at once…or more aptly in two batches.
The first batch arrived after I’d been out of the office for a conference. They all sat discreetly on my desk until a few hours later when I noticed the short stack of cards addressed to Kim Grace (common mistake for those of us who have two first names). They all bore similar messages of encouragement along the vein of:
“Thank you for your work on [cohousing]. Who knew that having neighbors lengthens a life span. Hearing & knowing your neighbors provides the community that is missing in our everyday lives. Best wishes for growing success."
Thinking it was a TED groupie thing, I asked my fellow TED presenters if they had received any such postcards. The response was, surprisingly,
So I had no idea who urged them to send them to me or why…until we received the second batch.