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A Simple Act of Love

February 21, 2018

I don’t watch the news anymore because it’s, for me, too negative and too depressing. When you turn away from Washington though it’s not as difficult as you might think to find good news and happy news out there. In fact, because you’re purposely watching for good stories they’re almost easier to find. Anyway, here’s one I just saw about a father who’s been sending postcards to his children almost every day for the last 20 years. Nearly 20,000 postcards!

I especially liked this CBS News story because it reminded me of a pen pal I had a very long time ago. To tell you the truth, I can’t remember how I even found a pen pal at 10 or 11 years old. For all I know I saw an ad on the back page of a comic book next to ads for Sea Monkeys and X-ray vision glasses although I wouldn’t swear to that. I remember the pal was in Alabama and the correspondence didn’t last long. I don’t know why it didn’t last long; maybe I became bored and stopped writing or he became bored and stopped writing. It’s interesting though that I still (somewhat vaguely) remember the experience.

From the postcard-sending dad, David Lasseter, in the story: “Life gets tough and it’s nice to know somebody loves you no matter what.” 

Say what you will about Facebook and e-mail and every other form of social media, I understand and appreciate their place in today’s world and I don’t deny the value they provide, but I’d trade it all in for a good, old fashioned pen pal.


About the time I was reading comic books and pondering the ads on the back page and questioning whether Charles Atlas’ program would work for me I was listening to a lot of this guy’s music.

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  1. February 22, 2018 8:28 am

    Letter (or postcard) writing is great! I wanted a pen pal as a child.


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