March 20, 2008

Cards & Letters


When I wrote my scribe post a while back, I was reminded of all the letters I have been keeping. I remembered one postcard in particular that my father sent me while I was at college. It's probably my favorite, but I found so many others when I went looking for that one. I'm going to share some of the ones that tickled me here.

If you have any old letters, I suggest you take them out sometime, fix yourself a pot of tea and settle in for a while. It's a pleasure. I laughed, I smiled - my family cracks me up! - and I did get a few lumps in my throat. The people in my life are fantastic, that's what I found. I can't believe how many people wrote to me while I was in college. How many of my loved ones have joyous senses of humor and love to brighten another's day with them. Gosh, I miss paper letters. I felt such love in these notes. I have to go give some hugs to those who were so supportive and loving while I was going through the ups and downs of college.

Some letters made me cringe. For instance, whenever I see a letter from my Nana, my dad's mom, I feel sad. We didn't see each other much and I know she felt left out of my life a lot. As a child I didn't know, but as an adult I can see it clearly in her letters and I wish I could have known her more and gotten close to her. I wish I would have traveled those two hours. I threw out all my letters from past boyfriends long ago. None of my notes is negative, perhaps I threw any of those out too.

This post card from my dad looks like it's from 1985, my junior year. Do you refer to pizza crusts as "bones?"

2 comments:

rosemary said...

Oh, jennie....I just sent off bunches and bunches of old letters from my uncle to my mother....my oldest son now has them. I don't remember my maternal grandmother but she wrote me lots of letters from 1944 thru 1952. Those I have kept...and yes, they are tear producers.

Paul said...

I'm getting the same "high" from reading and transcribing my dad's diaries.