It’s Friday morning and I have already started to wonder where the time went, but I already know. Time on vacation goes much faster than real time. Even when you try to make sure time is counting or days are counting.
I remember when my dad would travel, before my parents divorced, he would send us postcards. It was great fun to get a postcard and short message in the mail from him and even after my parents divorced, he would send a postcard now and then, from where he travelled. Of course, this was before e-mail, text messages, smart phones, and Facebook or other social media sites. Postcards were the social media! I have tried to bring back the art of the postcard and send one or two, or even more from wherever I am.
A few summers back my mom sent me all the postcards we had sent her and the ones she had collected. I have quite a collection – Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. I’ve even enlisted my two brothers and last fall I got a postcard from Alaska and Vietnam.
A couple of days before break I encouraged my classes to drop the class a postcard from their Spring Break destination or their backyard even if they had a ‘staycation;’ and to sweeten the pot, I offered extra credit, but only five points. I do this every spring break and each year I get a handful of cards and its good fun. Last year, I enlisted a couple of the staff and I got a card from the UP, Upper Peninsula Michigan, and the Vatican. I have already written several postcards and mailed them, I wrote a few more yesterday, and they’ll be in the mail before noon.
It’s been a good trip and we all have gotten to do much of what we wanted to do – rest, relax, and recharge. When we get back, it will be the last quarter of school and for me it’ll be 43 days. For W and O it’ll be school, lacrosse, softball, scouts, and family. Those 43 days will be the most difficult of the year as my students, and my own kids, begin their countdown to summer and it becomes increasingly difficult to get and keep their attention. It’ll be warmer, at least most of the time, and there already is much more sunshine.
Regardless, we have another full day here in the Keys a lot to do, a lot to soak in, and a couple of places to visit, one more sunset and sunrise on the beach. Making the Days Count, one day, one moment, one postcard, one memory at a time.
Do you send postcards, when you travel?