I haven’t written much about postcards lately. I think the main reason was because I was busy with school and I couldn’t really find anything too interesting to say about the ones I got. I was on a word binge at the time, my average post length up around 1,000 words, and that alone could have done it. Hard to write an essay about a postcard.
But it’s summer! People are travelling. (I should be travelling). My energy has returned, if not my spare time, and I have been getting back into the swing of things with this blog. So bring on the postcards.
It’s really hard to think about postcards when you’re stuck in an office all day. My experience with summer so far has been looking out the bay windows in the Spencer Mansion or my one weekly cricket game – which, let’s face it, hasn’t been all to enjoyable in the rain and wind we’ve had here all month! I don’t know how adults do it…
I find it very hard to think of postcards when I’m at home. I’ll think how cool they look and how great it would be to receive one, but they don’t hold the same desire as when I’m travelling, seeing new sights and wondering how much international postage is.
It also doesn’t help that my friends don’t send me postcards. I have some great friends who, when begged, will send me one or two gems from their travels, but the others don’t have the same appreciation for the lost art of postcards (which ISN’T A LOST ART!!!).
Time for some new friends.
Cue the internet – not the best place to make friends, kids – and other people as devoted to postcards as I. A click here, scroll there, and I’ve found one! My new inspiration, someone who appreciates postcards and has a great idea for getting them. Heather May from Mackinac Island.
Heather has a great muse for postcards: she lives in one of the coolest places in Michigan. In the tourist season she makes fudge and other sweet stuff May’s Famous Fudge (and trust me, it’s famous) and in the off-season works as a fine arts teacher in the local public school. I’ve always admired fine arts teachers, they always seem to have such good ideas, no matter what the subject, and Heather is no different.
Heather’s idea for “Postcards to Mackinac” is to have people write in about their favourite memory of Mackinac Island. The island is a very popular tourist destination and draws countless thousands of visitors each year. Although she’s probably seen it all, Heather is making that personal connection that postcards are so good at providing. She’s saying “tell me a story of your trip” but she’s reversed the roles. Now she’s being told about the tourist destination…when she’s already at the tourist destination!
I think this is a great idea not just to avoid the awkward “please send me random postcards” plea, but also to make Heather take a second look at her home town. I’ve lived in Victoria all my life, but sometimes it takes a tourist to point something out to me. I’m sure Heather will experience many of the same feelings as she reads her Postcards to Mackinac.
This all brings me to my summer idea, a blatant rip-off of Heather, and I hope she doesn’t mind that. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is send me a postcard and tell me your favourite memory or story or even souvenir from your trip to Victoria. To keep with the Island theme, I’ll take any postcards with stories about Vancouver Island – and that is much bigger than Mackinac so there should be plenty of people who fall into that category. Bonus points for people sending actual Victoria postcards!
Send your postcard, with your story, to me at:
Ben Fast / 988 Annie St. / Victoria, BC / V8X 3E9 / Canada
And, if you’ve been to Mackinac Island, send one to Heather too!