A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend. ~ Emily Dickinson
When my Grammy died some years ago, she left behind cigar boxes packed with hundreds of postcards she and my Pop collected throughout their lives. I have spent hours pouring over them and lose myself not only in the pictures featured on the front of the cards but also in the sweet messages and beautiful penmanship. Many of the places pictured and most of the people who sent them no longer exist. These cards serve as their markers in time.
I find it sad that sending postcards is becoming a lost art. When people travel today they usually touch base with cell phones or email. Thanks to the wonders of technology you don’t have to wait until you are home from vacation to get your film developed to reminisce over memories made. Photographs are instantly available and you can immediately send them to friends electronically. You can even blog from an airport or hotel room.
Still, very few will have the joys of receiving a post card in their mail box or having a collection like mine to pass on to future generations. You can’t reread a phone call or linger over the beautiful or illegible script of an email or twitter. A handwritten note is personal and the process of heart to brain to hand to pen to paper shows you care. It takes more effort to mail. You cannot simply press a button to send. You must purchase a stamp, affix this miniature piece of art to the card and walk to a mail box. Real mail is an investment of time, thought and a few coins.
Parsley, author of Seasons of My Mind blog apparently feels the same way and is hosting a post card exchange. I have decided to make it a party, in an effort to include more people. Anyone who links in will receive a post card from me and in exchange agrees to mail me one. (Addresses will be exchanged via email between the participating parties. No one will forward any one else’s address.) Tell me something special about your home state, county or area of interest and I will do the same.
Incentive to participate and spread the word: Once I collect postcards from all 50 states, I will have a giveaway. All who participate will be eligible for an entry to receive a ‘New Jersey’ themed box of goodies. The contents will be a surprise. Parsley is offering an ‘Oklahoma’ themed box of goodies!
I hope you will join me and make my first linky party a success. If you don’t have a blog but would like to participate leave a comment with your email address.
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