17 February 2013

What Are The Odds?

In August 1962, a seven-year-old boy on summer vacation between 1st and 2nd grade mailed a post card to his teacher, and never thought about it again.



In 2013, a woman from his mother's hometown was shopping in a flea market some 300 miles away in another state,  and found the card. She recognized the boy's name, and bought the card for couple of bucks.

Yes, my last name is painted out for this post. Spots in the corners appear to be where the card was affixed to a photo album or something similar.


Returning home, the woman contacted the mother and asked if it was from her son. That mother then sent it to her son to ask if he remembered it.


No, I don't, but I thought the world of Ms. Gillespie at the time.  She's long gone, of course, and the card must have been part of an estate sale. What a strange chain of events has returned the card to me, 51 years later. And to think she kept the card ...



p.s. I'm looking at the card as a snapshot from an America that has all but passed from memory. Note the lack of zip codes, the three-cent postage, and the inscription ("In God We Trust") on the stamp.

16 comments:

Cathy said...

If we didn't know your character, this would be unbelievable . . . one of those feel-good things you'd have to Snope.

Miss Gillespie treasured that card.

How touchingly beautiful.

Rev. Paul said...

I understand, Cathy. But here I have the card, signed by me, and addressed to the teacher in my mom's handwriting. Quite a coincidence, and one of those weird things that happen from time to time. :)

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

I think that is just totally awesome! Memories like this are just so wonderful.
Zip codes started in 1968.

She must have been a teacher you really cherished.

Rev. Paul said...

It IS amazing, isn't it? Thanks, Sandy.

Borepatch said...

Wow.

Mamma Bear said...

How small our world is at times....Beautiful story!

Rev. Paul said...

BP, that's what I said, too.

Thanks, Mamma Bear.

Old NFO said...

Now that is just flat outstanding! :-) Brings back a few memories eh???

armedlaughing said...

Amazing!

joated said...

Now that is really cool!

threecollie said...

That is really, really special! thanks for sharing the story.

Rev. Paul said...

NFO, indeed it does.

Guffaw & joated, agreed.

threecollie, you're welcome.

Teresa said...

I love this! How wonderful the card made it back to you and what a story!!!

Rev. Paul said...

I know, Teresa. It's an amazing thing.

Auntie J said...

Oh, now that's just really cool!

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Auntie J - I thought so, too.