Perpetuating the Postcard Pastime

My husband recently changed jobs. He was miserable at his former position, which he had held for 17 years, so after months of indecision and doubt, he made the jump to a new career that will be much more rewarding and satisfying for him. However, it will take him away from home for weeks at a time.

We have a six-year-old daughter who will miss her father terribly. Like most kids, she is a collector; she will gather and save everything from pinecones to rocks from the driveway to drawings from her friends.

To take some of the sting out of him being gone, I gave my husband the directive that he should send her postcards from all his destinations. I even sent him on his way with a supply of 27-cent stamps (the current postal rate for postcards, in case you haven’t sent any recently), and he promised to send her cards from everywhere he goes.

I gave her an album that the cards will fit into (as long as he sticks with standard-size cards), and now she’s set to start a collection that she will cherish for the rest of her life. Children always like getting their own mail; I can’t think of a better way to initiate a child into what could be a rewarding life-long hobby.

The first postcard should arrive from Arizona any time now.

And postcards are easier to store than pinecones, too.

— Karen