As much of life has been “put on hold” during the pandemic, it’s a good occasion to both look back on days gone by, and look ahead and think about changes you might want to make in your life or that we all should make... If there is anything you have learnt from the current crisis, anything you plan to change or hope we all will change, I’d be very interested to hear about it.
If you’d rather look back, I’d like you to share your memories of or associations with a given year – any year of your choice between 1968 and 2019. Whether all you can remember or just the most important things depends on how much you can squeeze into a postcard, of course. But the idea is to write only about things that come to your mind without checking anything – neither in your diary nor on Google. Here’s an example for what I have in mind – i.e. my own memories about the year I turned 18:
“In 1986 I still lived in West-Germany, never expecting that only a few years later I’d emigrate to Poland. 1986 was the year of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster – which ended my faith in technology. On the up-side of things, the new man in the Kremlin gave the world new hope for peace. My sister got married to 'the forbidden boyfriend' and my first nephew was born. I travelled abroad for the first time – on a school trip to Rome. My grades at school hit rock bottom – my English teacher urging me to repeat the year and not to major in English again. Later in the year I was the only one in the whole course who completed her assignment to write a short story. By that time I was bent on turning things round at school and passing matriculation exams. At 18 I was working hard for the first time in my school career...”
If you have your own ideas about what to write, of course you’re just as welcome to surprise me with whatever that is! :)
As for postcards I like, my favourites are single-view tourist cards – no matter whether modern, old or vintage, showing natural or manmade monuments, or general city views, street scenes or typical landscapes. But I also like art cards (and sometimes advertising can be art) and cards showing people or animals – preferably in their natural habitat, both of them :) You can also have a look at my “favourites” list – but careful, it includes BOTH cards I would love to get and cards I actually received! Last but not least: if there is anything you want to show me or that goes well with your message, then that’s the postcard I want.