Thursday, October 27, 2005


A long long time ago, when I was young- remember how special it was when you were young, to get a piece of mail; something in the mail box with your name on it; remember how special that was? Especially when it was not Christmas or your birthday, cause those didn't really count cause they had to then...

One of the things that I did occasionally receive was a postcard from some friend or relative who was away to some exotic or not so exotic location. This led to the beginnings of the amassing of quite a postcard collection, from a time when good photography was not easily within the reach of the average person, and postcards were often the best shots you could get of a particular location. Many of the cards in my collection are of historical interest, showing things that no longer exist or have been changed beyond recognition. One that comes to mind is a downtown Quincy, Massachusetts scene of an area that has been completely modernized, but it also shows the cars and buses of the time! Fascinating stuff! Anyone remember Raymond's? Where ‘U’ bought the hat?

On one of the internet groups I belong to, a theme park fan group, there is a program in which many of the 10,000+ members participate in, in which we send postcards to the children of members who will soon be coming to the park, from that park when we are there. We sign them from one character or another, often get the actual signature of that character, and make them personal to the individual child. Imagine getting something like that in the mailbox!

While I have sent out my share of these "Pixie Postcards", I have also been happily on the receiving end of a couple myself, and yesterday, completely unexpected, I opened my mailbox, (which is now out at the end of the driveway at the edge of the road), to find what well might be the most marvelous postcard I have ever received! It is one of three here.

The first came from Paris via England. Last year, one of the group members, the very wonderful "Wendy of the UK", was thoughtful enough to send me a postcard from Euro-Disney, and in particular, the very different "Space Mountain" they have there.

Then, about two weeks ago, the son of a member to whom I had sent a surprise postcard which delighted him, on his family’s journey out to California to visit Disneyland, at their stop at the Grand Canyon, sent me a marvelous postcard from there, much to my surprise and delight! One of the more beautiful views of the canyon, and of particular interest is that I have actually hiked across some of the buttes shown in the picture!

But, as I said, yesterday was *the* postcard! Completely unexpected, found at the end of two long days of frustrating and fruitless work, I opened my mailbox to be visually stunned by a shining gold postcard, of the simplest, most elegant design, and turned it over to see that it was indeed a remembrance from my young friend!

The scan would not pick up the gold, showing it as black, but boy is this a beauty! And very nice to be on the receiving end of! Thanks, Tucker! (Yeah, I know your Mom and Dad signed it too, but I think I know who made it happen!)

:) -Jud

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