My mother asked me to send her a postcard from Vietnam. Though she has Facebook and gets email updates about this blog, she specifically requested I send her a postcard. I can’t fault her for that. When I lived in Japan, I regularly sent out postcards. In fact, I think my family and friends still have them.
Postcards seem to have fallen by the wayside for me. Other than this one, I can’t remember sending any in the last 10 or 15 years. For this last trip, I thought Facebook posts and the blog would be enough. Not for my Mom. She wanted a postcard.
I felt like I owed it to her. I didn’t do a good job with Christmas cards this year and have spoken openly about my lack of desire to receive cards for holidays like Easter, Christmas, and even my birthday. I like the sentiment and the thought, but I don’t need the clutter.
While in Hoi An, I bought some postcards. This is something I do regularly. I buy them not to send to people, but for myself. Sometimes postcards capture things that I cannot. They are good professional photos of things I want to capture, but owing to crowds and camera equipment, usually can’t.
I bought a bunch of them and was able to buy appropriate postage at the same time . This was convenient. I quickly scrawled a parent appropriate message on the back (no swear words, no references to sex or partying) and went in search of a post box. I probably passed dozens of them, but didn’t really know what they looked like. On the advice of our guide, I left it at the front desk of the hotel to be mailed out. This was around the sixth of March.
The postcard arrived today. (April 19th)
Question: Do you still send postcards when you go on vacation?