Well I’m sad to say that very recently, my wife’s grandmother passed away. Among the various things that the family is sorting through from her house, we came across a stack of about 50 well preserved postcards that were stacked in her desk drawer. It was amazing to go back through and to read them all. Her son was in the Army and he was stationed in
People rarely send postcards anymore and when they do, there’s usually only 3 or 4 words written on the back, “Coming home soon…” or “Wish you were here…” or “The beach is fantastic” are all we seem to be able to muster. Grandma’s postcards had paragraphs of tiny cursive font written meticulously by her kids and family, telling all sorts of details from how well the baby travels by train to intimate details about a castle or an event near where they were staying. The art of handwriting is rapidly disappearing and we’re all too quick on the delete button to preserve any texts, emails, or tweets we might get from loved ones while they’re away.
I read on Slashdot today that the planned curriculum for many public schools is to slant the creative writing projects and assignments away from pen and paper and toward the computer. By 2019, 4th grade children will be asked to do their creative writing on a computer. Honestly, how much of that will be saved? Will teachers e-mail samples of their students’ writing home to mom? Will mom keep them? Will the student care, ten, twenty, or fifty years from now?
My suggestion is, send one postcard home for every trip that you take. I have a book of stamps in my wallet and it’s all too easy to pick up a postcard and to write something to a loved one back home. Take a moment before bedtime to write about your day or about something unique. Here’s an example of one that I wrote, years ago, that still makes me laugh out loud today:
“Hey Sweetie, it’s raining in
The front of the card is a picture of the harbor with a lighthouse nearby. Perhaps someday when I’m dead, the rest of my family will read that and laugh… or, maybe they’ll think I’m crazy! Either way, I like that notion better than one where everyone is sitting around reading all of my email.
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