The last few years has begun to afford me many opportunities to travel and see the world. About a year and a half ago, I was graced with a wonderful niece added to the family. As I traveled through Korea, I was trying to find a gift for my niece. When visiting the I' Park Mall in Seoul, a wonderful Korean associate helped me pick out a warm hat for my niece to wear during the cold winters.
While I did find a present for her that I think will be practical, there was still something missing in my mind. A hat is a nice thing, but not something to stick with her, not something that she could look back on. As I walked down Insa-dong streets in Seoul, nothing there was striking me as something that fit this description. One day I would love to take her to see the amazing sights of the world with me, and I want her to look back and see what the world has to offer.
After returning home from Korea I thought about this some more. What is something that almost every location carries? It's not an easy question to answer since every location has its own culture, and there aren't a lot of shared items that would be awesome to have a variation of. Well with the exception of post cards. Now I don't know if people still send these or not, but these things are all over the place to this day.
This gave me an idea, an idea I'm calling the post card project. My niece is only about 18 months old and I have a trip to France, and Indiana planned before Christmas. Next year I'm planning a trip to Beunos Aires, Hawaii, Cape Town, and 2 trips to France. If I pick up a post card in every location I visit, then I'll have a little memory of each place I go to. On the post card I plan to write a message to her at the age, that time of her life, what is coming. One day when she gets older, I plan to give all of the saved messages to her in a book.
She can read through the messages, where I had been and where she was that week. I don't know if she'll like it, but I like it. So maybe it's more for me to remember her by, from my perspective at that time. One day I hope we can sit down and read it together and see where we both were.
She's adorable, and I look forward to sharing some fun travel together one day.