I have mentioned many times before that I wanted a pen pal. A good, old fashioned, hand written, pen pal. I found a few sites that provided you with a pal across the globe, but all the messages were via email. It didn't scratch my pen pal itch sufficiently.
Recently, a listener told me about Postcrossing, a post card exchange group. This perked my interest, and after further investigation, I am happily enrolled.
It's really simple, you create and account and request some addresses to send off your post cards. So far, I have sent cards to Russia, Belarus, Germany, China, the Netherlands, and New York. (Ha.) I'm still waiting patiently for my post cards to trickle in, but the anticipation has created an excitement for me that I haven't felt since I was a kid. I'm getting something in the mail! A special hand written message from a stranger somewhere on this planet! A treasure from another land! Something in my mail box besides a bill!
And now my new 'thing' is to find the coolest, quirkiest, most unique post cards to send off. I shan't be the girl in Colorado who sends generic mountain post cards purchased at the drug store, oh no! My first batch of delightful post cards includes hand drawn pictures of Colorado monuments and locations, like Red Rocks and Cave of the Winds, black and white cards fromthe 1950s that support pet adoption, and a portrait of the last Mountain Man in Colorado... (and his pet dog, fox, and skunk.)
To me, sending quick, personal messages is becoming a lost art. I'm not even sure kids are taught how to write in cursive anymore! So this is my own little way of keeping thoughtfulness alive.
Well. And keeping the post card business afloat.