For the last challenge of July, Ana Campo of Anvica’s Gallery invites us to consider the theme of Postcards. And, in her post, she mentions that some of us may do as she does — collect postcards or send them to folks back home or just appreciate them as a memory of places visited. (Like the one at the top of this post of a special place we stayed in Oxford, Maryland: the Robert Morris Inn.)
Well, we’ve done all of what Ana mentions . . . and more. Even with the immediacy of sending photos via our cell phones or posting on social media, we still look for postcards wherever we travel so we can share special buildings, places, and “we-were-there” moments. Then we hunt for post offices, buy stamps in that country’s currency, and mail to friends, relatives, and, of course, our granddaughter! We’ve even been known to mail one to ourselves just so we can have the fancy stamp!
We must admit, however, that we do have one bad habit: we seem to buy more postcards than we ever mail, and the cards pile up in a desk drawer. But there’s a good side to that: going through the stack of unmailed postcards brings back fond memories every time we look at them.
We’ve even been known to donate a stack of postcards and stamps to a favorite third-grade teacher. She uses them as a learning experience — kids address them to themselves and write a note about the location that they’ve looked up online.
Lately, we’ve been taking some postcard-like photos of places we’ve read about or found via recommendations of friends. Although these don’t compete with those on cards in gift shops, they still have special places in our traveler hearts!
Thanks to Ana for this interesting challenge. For one thing, it made us look through our postcards again and smile when we saw places we had forgotten about. Of course, there’s a hazard in all of this: We’re ready to travel again and make more postcard-worthy memories!
In the meantime, take a look at your own postcards. They may make you smile!
Travel in a postcard world,
Rusha & Bert