My mother is in France for three months.
She has been gone for about four weeks now.
I was musing the other day how strange that she had not posted any photos yet on Facebook.
Then I thought she has probably not realised how to do that with her i-phone.
That's what people do now days.
Instant, networked and public.
Then the postcard turned up.
Harking back to the days before cameras, telephones in every pocket and the Internet.
Back when people put pen to paper on a weekly basis to communicate.
That was when it was so exciting to check the letter box for a letter from Nan.
I wonder if postcards will die out with the next generation to go?
My gorgeous children often write random messages of love on these postcards and send them to me.
They are free advertising cards that they pick up in coffee shops and waiting rooms.
The art work is quite interesting.
I keep it on my fridge.
Sometimes its "I love you mummy"
On the bottom one they wrote: "teeney weeney yellow polka dot bikini"
Just a bit of nonsense but it tells me of her memories of childhood (I exposed them to a lot of music) and it tells me I am thought of randomly in their day.
Emails are great and wonderful ways to stay in touch but a hand written message posted and received days later is like a big bright satiny bow on a package.
How about it? Could you manage a simple penned "I Love You" in someones letterbox next week?