So, I'm looking at my refrigerator door. Something doesn't seem quite right.
Photos of my kids and grandkids stare back at me, held up by magnets from Disneyland, Nashville and various other places that I've been. There are drawings of trees and stick people. And a few coupons for my favorite coffee place. But still - something is missing?
And then it dawns on me. I used to have postcards. You know those small 3 by 5 cards with lovely photographs of places around the world? On the back side would be a short note. Having fun. Wish you were here.
There was only a tiny space to write, much like today's tweets. So, the traveler often got creative in her message.
I received notes of endearment from cousins, grandmothers, friends. Of course, sometimes the postcards would arrive after the traveler returned home. Sometimes, I even sent them to myself as I reminder of where I'd been.
But now, well, with the internet and social media sites, people tend to post pictures of their trip while they are still on vacation. They write all about all the interesting things they're doing and by the time they get back there's nothing left to tell.
So why bother sending a postcard?
I'll tell you why.
The postcard lasts forever. Deltiology, the collecting of postcards is the third largest collectable hobby, surpassed only by stamps and coins. At least it was up until the Digital revolution. I imagine both postcards and stamps will no longer attract many of the younger generation. Hey, they may not even know what a stamp is decades from now.
But fact is, postcards tell the history of our country.
And who doesn't love to sit down on a rainy day and go through memory boxes? Sit cross-legged on the floor with a glass of hot tea or a glass of wine.
Scrolling down a computer screen doesn't evoke the same memories. At not least for me. Touching a postcard somehow brings me closer to the photograph I'm looking at. With it between my fingers, I can almost smell the scene I am looking at - be it an ocean, a bed of flowers or a Parisian nightscape.
How about you? When was the last time you sent a postcard?
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Janie Emaus believes that when the world is falling apart, we're just one laugh away from putting it together again. She writes about how life is NOW compared to THEN, with her special blend of funny and sweet. She is the author of the time travel romance, Before the After, and the young adult novel, Mercury in Retro Love. And she has an essay in the Best Selling humor anthology, You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth. She is a staff writer at In The Powder Roomand blogs frequently for The Huffington Post. She is proud to be named a 2013 BlogHer Voice of the Year. To learn more about Janie visit her blog www.theboomerrants.com and her website www.JanieEmaus.com.