These letters were written by me and sent home to my family throughout my years away at college. My mother saved them all and returned them to me years later. At the time I laughed and apparently stuffed them in the drawer to examine when I had more time.
I went to college in 1974 and graduated in 1978. Next year will be my 40th class reunion.
It is even a weird feeling for me to look at my handwriting there, and see my maiden name written by myself when I will still unmarried.
So much has happened in my life since then.
Approximately once each week I would laboriously write a long letter to my family, keeping them updated on all my news (including test scores) from the campus. After reading my letter, my mother would make notes on it of things she wanted to remember to tell me the next time we talked.
|Mom's notes for our next phone conversation.|
At the other end, my mother would write her weekly letter to me each Friday afternoon, while sitting under the hair dryer at her weekly hair appointment. I looked forward to receiving this mail from home either Saturday or Monday of each week.
When I started college in the Fall of 1974, stamps were 10 cents. Here are a few of the ones on my letters then:
Sorting through the letters, I noticed that the price of a stamp jumped a hefty 3 cents to 13 cents in January of 1976.
During my sophomore year, I took an extended trip to Europe. Here are some stamps on a postcard I sent home from Italy:
Looking at these old letters really takes me back to a simpler time. Who could've imagined then that in just forty years everyone would have phones in their purses and pockets enabling them to talk to and even see and hear their loved ones?
Maybe a future post of mine will have to talk about the fancy schmancy calculator I took to college.
Oh, and the typewriter, too. Now that was a beaut.