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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Christmas Story in a Postcard




Sometimes a Christmas story comes from long ago, in a postcard, from a daughter who is away from her parents...


















...going to school.


Dear Parents, (she wrote)
I will write you again. We have been busy all day.
We have our schedules made and heaps of studying to do tonight.
Answer soon, I will write you a letter as soon as I have time.


My grandmother.

I noticed on this precious postcard that the stamp was turned upside down. Did it mean the same then as it means now?



A photo of my grandmother with my grandfather years later.

For me she was a no nonsense kind of woman, but, she always loved Christmas. She would take each gift and open it slowly savoring the moment, for as long as she could. I loved that about her.

At this time of year, I always miss my grandmothers.

18 comments:

  1. You have such lovely memories! I never knew my grandmother, and so all I have to rely on are the photographs and memories like the ones you have captured.

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  2. Tamika, Thank you. I know how blessed I am and have been. I do like to share my memories. Have a great day.

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  3. I miss mine at Christmas too! Lots of memories there.

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  4. I love your postcard and pictures. I miss my grandmothers, too...

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  5. I love these memories - postcards and grandmothers. Your blog is very nice - I just found it and I'll visit again!

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  6. I know what you mean about missing Grandmothers. I miss both of mine.

    I love the old postcards. They hold such memories. People don't send postcards anymore and it's a shame.

    Thanks for sharing yours.

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  7. JW,how i love those old postcards!And i love everything old.I missed both of Grandmothers. I exactly understand what you mean.
    I'd love if you added your blog to my friends' list. I think it's great getting to know you.
    hugs hugs

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  8. Some great postcards!

    I have set up scheduled posting for the next few weeks and probably won't be commenting, but I'll be back in real time on January 3, 2010. Merry Christmas and a truly Blessed New Year.
    Lee
    http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/

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  9. How precious! You are lucky to have known your grandmothers.

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  10. How wonderful that you still have this postcard, a little piece of your grandmother's life to cherish. Sweet memories ...

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  11. Thank you for bringing back memories of Grandmother Hazel, who taught me to cook and to laugh and told me stories that I can now write.

    Plus she raised great sons...my daddy and uncles.

    Wish they were here.

    Patti
    www.pattilacy.com/blog

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  12. The post card is so precious and intriguing. It makes me want to know more of the story. How old was your grandma when she was away for school? Why was she away to school? Did she ever share details with you? Another blog post for another day, I suppose :-)

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  13. Love that old post card. THey don't make them like that anymore.

    I'm curious, what does an upside down stamp mean?

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  14. What a beautiful old card and photo. What a blessing to have them! Happy holidays!
    The Park Wife

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  15. Carol and Elizabeth, Me toooo. I wish I could share my life "now" with both of them.

    Linda, Welcome and please come back.

    Mason, I have one family member who usually sends a postcard instead of a card. It's really neat.

    Betty, OH NO, I thought I had done that. You probably know by now I ran over to your place and joined.

    Lee, YOU have a Merry Christmas and we will hear from you after the New Year. Enjoy your trip.

    Lakeviewer, I am very fortunate to have known my grandmothers. they are such a big part of me.

    Joanne, Sweet memories indeed.

    Patti, Because we are here, I guess "they" are here too? I also see them in other family members. Is that dorky?

    CM, Because I did this so fast, I didn't get a chance to ask my dad about it.

    Eileen, Wellll in my dayyyy upside down stamps meant love. Surely that's not just a Missouri thing? Of course it can also mean you need your glasses or you are in a hurry. :)

    PW, Happy Holidays to you too.


    SORRY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TONIGHT TO TALK TO YOU ALL. I SLEPT ALL EVENING. I AM AFRAID I MIGHT BE COMING DOWN WITH...SOMETHING.

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  16. I miss my grandparents too, but during the Christmas season I feel closer to them because we never missed Christmas together.

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  17. Judy, I think that's what we need to remember. When I feel sad that they aren't there I try to bring up a memory to share.

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  18. so glad to have found this blog..

    went to an old country church last weekend- that my grandparents and great grandparents would have both attended
    Loved standing in the space where they stood- singing praises to the same Jesus. Such a sense of connection.

    51 years old- and I still miss them
    thanks for your post..

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