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 13:
“In the beginning of 1981 my teachers suggested that I was bored in year 6 and should move up to year 7 – and I gladly left a class where I had no friends. My new form master, however, did his best to make sure I didn’t have much of an easier stand in my new class. Handing back our first Maths test after I joined, he pointed out that almost everybody failed – there was just one 'pass' and one 'excellent', and that was the new boy! At the beginning of year 8, we went on a school trip to the island of Sylt – where one of the boys sharing my room tried to rape me. In December my father moved out, my Mum started working, and martial law was declared in Poland. That scared me at first, because military coups had seemed to be a right-wing thing, and Moscow would hardly accept Poland changing sides in the Cold War, while Washington was bound to support the coup. So I was relieved to learn that the Polish generals were communists after all.”
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.