I haven’t liked the mail that I have received this year. At all. There are the bills, the coupons, free and/or reduced offers …and then there are the legal documents corresponded from my ex-husband’s lawyers to my lawyer and foreclosure letters. That’s about it, really. Did I mention the shameful notices of foreclosure?
We moved. We moved from a safe, warm, sweet, small home back into the “marital residence” i.e. the house we occupied as a married couple and as a family. The house that held memories, both good and bad, that I had to face.
I had my reservations, but this proved to be the only way to keep the house afloat until a time that it could sell. My children and I have been back here for a coupla months and the house still has not sold.
You see, after my divorce, after the bomb blasted and the shrapnel implanted, there has been a time in my life, as I see it, I must extract these metal shards. I’ve had to sift and gather bits of rubble together, keeping what could be kept, tossing what was too damaged to endure.
Before the move, I took out a post office box at the post office. I decided I would just have all my mail directed to this location from now on. While standing beside a recycling bin, tossing the useless mail, I thought of something. I thought I would reuse this old, horrible mail and turn into postcards. I would claim it, own it, and use it for purpose and pleasure.
Every week I gather the mail at the PO Box. I take it home and using only card stock and a glue stick, no scissors allowed, I tear bits of paper and make collages.
And this is where I think it gets fun. It thought, “Wow, why not post my PO Box and let people send me some ‘happy mail’?”. I thought that was a pretty good idea. So I am doing just that. But not only that, if you, you who is reading this, would like for me to send you a postcard in return, please include your name and address and I will send one out to you. I hope to use this “happy mail” to make more “happy mail” to send along, to someone else out there.
Send all “happy mail” to:
Tiffany Parris, PO Box 30363, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27130, USA
Here are few of my favorites so far.