Life is full of surprises, especially if you are a Postcrossing member. I’ve been enjoying exchanging postcards with strangers for about 7 months, and one of the weirdest things happened this week.
I’ve been watching History videos on Khan Academy for a while. I started out with the French Revolution, and then proceeded to American history. I watched “Jamestown to the Civil War” and “Lincoln’s Assassination” this week. I learned that Lincoln played an important role in the Civil War, but he couldn’t make it to the end of the war. What is more, this week’s book club chapter addressed “Presidents Day”, by chance. We read that Presidents Day was enacted to honor the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln. How timely it was to stumble upon Lincoln twice in one week!
So, you could imagine how spooked I was when I found a postcard that depicts Lincoln in my mailbox later on that week. The gaunt, monochrome Lincoln really freaked me out! The American lady who sent me the postcard explained that she chose that particular card because he is important. The chance of receiving the Lincoln postcard in that timeframe would be astronomically small considering the fact that according to the Postcrossing statistics, 335,374 postcards are travelling at this exact moment, and most of them are scenic ones.
I can’t help but think that this was Lincoln’s doing. He must have had something to get through to me, otherwise, he wouldn’t have bothered to visit my mailbox all the way beyond time and space. I tried hard to decipher the message, but to no avail, so instead, I decided to read a book about him. It might be like the “Jesus on a Tortilla” thing, but why not make the most of the opportunity? Life is full of fun and surprises when we are open to new possibilities.
This is the postcard… Isn’t he a little bit spooky?