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Topic: Postcards (08/29/05)
- TITLE: Sweet Remembrances
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The Phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words" brought to mind the memory of my collection of postcards.
My husband, five children, and myself traveled around the United States for vacation the spring of 1998. I purposed that I would collect postcards on this journey as a reminder of our time together. This was a special trip not only to visit family on the West Coast, but to also show our children the beauty of America. The trip was a month long and began in South Carolina, traveling North up to Missouri, to the Dakotas, and onto the West Coast. Going home we took the Southern route across the Southwest, heading home.
What fun it was to start such a collection, choosing which would best represent where we had just visited. I would find them at rest stops, restaurants, and sites of interest. The choices were innumerable! I would have to find just the right one. I have a hard time just picking our greeting cards, let alone a post. I would carefully scan the display and then “viola” there it would be, the perfect post card.
One in particular, was a post card of a huge corncob on the back end of a John Deer tractor. The corncob was not to scale for sure and was a perfect representation of the vast Iowa cornfields. Then, there was the one made out of pressed copper, very unique. It had an imprint of the South Dakota landscape. I found a wooden one in California with a bear and tall Redwood tree etched with a wood burning pen. The postcard of the Grand Canyon was awesome like the site itself. The kids of course had to have the postcard of Fred Flinstone Park, where they played, outside the Grand Canyon entrance. The post card depicted the log car Fred Flinstone drove in the cartoon. We also had a friend at the time that resembled Fred and so found a postcard with his picture on it!
The memories were building one by one. We enjoyed looking over them even while on the trip and chatting about the fun at that each place represented.
As I look over my collection now, it brings such sweet memories of a happy family time together. A real adventure full of moments that stay with us all. My children are grown now and on their own. I miss them terribly and when I see my collection of postcards, I am reminded of the time we spent with our children, that we were not too busy for them. We were indeed a family. I grew up in a broken home with no father present, my sister was quite older than I was and we didn’t have funds to go on adventurous vacations such as this one. I felt content. I could envision the walks we took holding hands and the squeals when they stepped into the icy cold stream near the roadside. Each postcard reminded me of exactly what I wanted in the beginning. I wanted the picture to represent a thousand words. Words like, fun, laughter, joy, love, happiness and so on.
As I look over my collection and glean these thoughts, I also realize the Spiritual lesson. Our lives are like postcards. Some people we come in contact with will keep a picture of us in their mind and sometimes in their heart. As a Christian, we are the pictures of Christ to the lost. We represent our Saviour. We symbolize truth, hope, love and happiness.
Our life is worth a thousand words.
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