It’s nice to see pictures of family and friends instantly on Facebook etc but I’m sad the days of receiving a postcard via snail mail is slowing passing, and in this year they will be fewer than ever.
I have three boys and our old home in Oxfordshire was a bungalow- the rooms had connecting doors. So they could chase each other round and round and round- kitchen-hall-lounge-dining room-passage-kitchen. In the hall was a cupboard between the kitchen and lounge and if that was left open, which it was frequently- well bosh! And that is why I started to display postcards on the cupboard door inside and out, so that the fiends didn’t bash into it. And it worked.
So when we moved here, where there is another door in the hall which someone not looking where they were going could career into, could injure themselves on , I employed the postcard solution again. Family and friends knew that my favourite postcards depict sunsets and sunrises and my sunny door was born.
Yesterday I took them down and packed them away for the move.
Oh my, the memories of the last 18 years that were evoked. Postcards from my parents, now both gone, from the cruises my Dad and step-mother took, the coach holidays my Mum had with her buddies to Guernsey, Ireland and Beachy Head. Just seeing their handwriting was lovely.
Then there were the ones from my sons-Mr J’s gap year and his impressions of life in Spain and Berlin. The growing family of Mr T’s first just three of them, and memories of a step- granddaughter attempting a Zorba dance in Greece, the addition of little brother, then little Miss F as a baby. Mr B and his gap year and his travels to New York. I had weekend away , just me and and Mum, and we went to Bath, tried the waters, trod in the footsteps of Romans and Jane Austin.
All there in postcards on the back of a door- 18 years of precious memories.
Once we are allowed to visit places again just for the sheer pleasure of it, I shall be buying postcards to send , and I will certainly be starting a new sunny postcard door in the hall cupboard of the new home we are moving to next week.
Love to know if anyone else has a postcard display- did/ will you still send postcards?