I’ve written many times about “the Snail Blog”(here, and here, and here)… Ellen’s response to blogging as a Luddite committed to keeping in touch…she has sent me a post card every day for 3000 days (that is 8.22 YEARS for non-math majors). 3000 (and 3001) arrived today:
Imagine. All those cards, all those stamps (though it does solve the problem of what to get her for Christmas…stamps are us), all those days. A life unscrolling a day at a time. A carefully edited life for sure, but the narrative does include some down days, some sadnesses, lots of food and cooking and singing and friends and family…a life in Vermont so very different than our own left-coast life.
Along the way she has found satisfaction in condensing a day into two succinct and often-witty sentences and for searching for post cards wherever she goes. In the last few years the cards have been arranged in series (check this or this) and then there are the occasional “Bonus” cards…the “poultry bonus card” (chickens) certain favorite cards like Gibsons in Oberlin…and then the “topical Bonus Card” (when she is actually in the card-location).
and the series are always fun and interesting…the “Fishing Series”:
the “Duplicate Series”…
And being archivally oriented, we at our end have saved them all. Ellen doesn’t want to see them ever again she says, but they are a wonderful journal of a life well lived. Everyday comes a couple of sentences and at our end we await the cards arrival. Some days it is the one card, some days (like today for instance) 6 arrive at once. Sometimes a card arrives weeks later out of sequence and we wonder where has it been? We have discussed the sadness of the end of the snail blog when the writer or the archivist is no longer here, and each milestone reached I wonder if this might be the last…but 3001 arrived today…on we go. XO Ellen. XO.