While I was unpacking boxes the other night, I came across all of the postcards I have saved from my friends over the years (98% of which date back to high school and college), and summertime nostalgia just swept over me.
I used to love getting postcards (and I had friends that traveled more than I did and were pretty good about sending them). Postcards over summer vacation meant that someone was thinking of you, even while they were far away on a really fun trip. That has to be one of the simplest of thoughtful gestures--stopping to send a little note to say, "I am having a blast, but I miss you," or "I love it here, but I wish you were with me," or "I saw such-and-such the other day, and it made me think of you," and "I can't wait to see you again!!"
Now I love looking back over old postcards and reading the random details people chose to include in their messages and the references they made to life at the time--"Tell [boyfriend] hi for me!" "Tell everyone I am getting ridiculously dark!"
|postcards from Paris, Las Vegas, Morocco, Alaska, Germany, St. Kitts, Mexico, Maryland, South Padre Island, |
Hawaii, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New England, and the Black Hills of South Dakota . . .
I wish I still sent postcards any time I went somewhere . . . I always have good intentions because I love them so much . . . but I haven't sent one in a really long time. But it just so happened that while this post was still in its draft stage, I came across this lovely one over on the LWA blog about--what else--postcards! I think Donovan says it perfectly--"To be thought of in leisure is one of the biggest compliments." If you are waxing nostalgic for postcards like I am, you will enjoy Donovan's post (and the article she links to). And there are great tips in the comments section on how to follow through with your good postcard intentions.
I know the school year has started, but summer isn't officially over until September 21 . . . I'm thinking I might have to send out some summer postcards while there is still time. They will have to say "Greetings from Texas," though, because after moving 1,350 miles a little over a month ago, I do not plan to go ANYwhere any time soon. Still, doesn't all this make you want to send a postcard? I am now on the lookout for a local one . . . and please send one my way if you go anywhere! Or--even if you don't. :)