What are postcards?

postcardHere’s a little laugher for you. I went to my town, size SMALL, for a post card the other night because I wanted to put it in the little box for one of the little buddies I was shipping off the next morning.

You know the type of place.  Mini grocery store, new fangled cappuccino machines, fast food of every kind, a few tables set up for people OLD MEN to sit and talk, and gas.

I went in and started at the front of the store and I saw the state maps so I was looking hard all over. The kid behind the counter must have seen the confusion in my eyes because he said “can I help you “Ma’am?” It strikes me hilariously when someone calls me Ma’am!!!!  

Anyway….I like to look for things myself before asking but as long as he asked, I said “do you have any postcards” and he got this look on his face like I had just turned into an alien.  He said this to me “what are postcards?” He looked at the girl standing next to him and she had a blank look too. Now come one, these kids had to be 17. How do they not know what a postcard is?  So I said “you know, those little cards (I was also talking with my hands and trying to show him the size) that you buy on vacation and send home to people. Like “where I am type things.”  He had no idea and neither did the girl.

HHhhmmmm..So I saw their confusion that I must be from Mars and said “thank you.” As long as I was there I splurged on a TALL cup of vanilla cappuccino because to me it’s like a law that I always get one if I’m anywhere close. As I made my way to the door, a person OLD MAN was sitting at one of the above mentioned tables and he said to me “I know what postcards are!” Okay, now I feel SO MUCH BETTER!! At least he didn’t call me Ma’am!

Is this funny or is it sad? I mean I know it’s funny but I also find it somewhat sad that kids may be missing out on simple little fun things all in the name of “progress.”

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17 Responses to What are postcards?

  1. SKL says:

    I know what a postcard is, but I must say it’s probably been around 30 years since I sent one.

    I think they may start to get popular again with the economy making people think twice about “little” purchases like the ever-dearer postage stamp.

    Er . . . you do know what a postage stamp is, right?

  2. Doraz says:

    It is so funny you wrote about postcards. I just got finished mailing some out that have cute, adorable dogs on them! I love to stay in touch…the “old way!” Postcards are fun to send out to let people know you are thinking of them! Everyone I know, loves them!

  3. JavaQueen says:

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? C’mon! Really? Were they just yankn’ your chain?

    You see postcards everywhere! I just have no words….

  4. birdpress says:

    They must have been kidding, right? At work we send out postcards to clients all the time. They are cheaper to mail.

    Maybe we should start a postcard revolution! We could try to get everyone to flood their mailboxes and post offices with images of horses and beaches and lolcats! 😀

  5. javajunkee says:

    I think you better take one in and show them. They are gonna be thinking you were speaking code or something. 🙂

  6. Sue says:

    Sadly, I’m pretty sure she wasn’t kidding! I bought postcards in Hawaii, but never sent them! I’m guessing our little town just doesn’t have postcards, but I bet you’d find them in St Cloud or Hutchinson.

  7. pammy wammy says:

    Thats funny.I still send postcards once in awhile.And when I see a stand of postcards,I will stop and look at them.I love sending mail.I admit with this computer,I slack a little.I no I personally get excited when I get one in the mail.Joy,I will send one to you in your little town.Did you enjoy your cappuccino?I love them too and always pick one up too whenever I am out and about.

  8. nikki says:

    I haven’t received one in years, but I have all my old ones that my best friend from school sent me when I moved here. It’s fun
    to look at them now! I haven’t bought one in years!! What a funny story!! I cannot believe those kids didn’t know what a post card was!!! lol

    • pammy wammy says:

      Send me your address to my inbox on facebook or via my hotmail account and I would gladly send you a postcard.This as got me thinking about them again.I am going to Altona today and will pick up a bunch of postcards to mail out. 🙂

  9. starlaschat says:

    That is amazing, shocking what else is slipping form the kids? I worked at a place a long time ago and a Beetles song came on the radio and a kid asked Wow cool bad who’s this? What? How could some one not know who the beetles are? Huh. And I get called ma’am some time by kids. As you get older the kids start to hold the door for you. LOL

  10. Joy says:

    I wish I could say I was kidding you folks but this really happened. Maybe they know what postcards are but maybe not what they were called or something. I have no idea but it struck me funny and on the way home, it struck me as kind of sad.

    You bet I enjoyed my cappuccino. I love that stuff from those machines.

    Pam, my address is on the way. I’ll post the one you send me 🙂 Thanks.

  11. Just a Mom says:

    This is just too funny! I truly believe that they had no clue what a postcard is! Sad, just plain sad.

    My youngest daughter was complaining a few years ago about how she never gets mail, so my friend and I got this brainstorm to have our kids write letters to each other they send each other postcards all the time because then they don’t have to write as much. Lazy kids!

  12. Gary says:

    You must have went on “dumbass” day Joy. I just asked my 13 year old what a post card is and he had no problems telling me what they are. He also said he has never sent or received one either but still knew what they were.

    How could you NOT know?

    Yep, you went on “dumbass” day!

  13. Tosha says:

    there is only 1 place that i know of here that sells post cards..

  14. I stil see them in the souvenir section of pharmacies and grocery stores (Walgreens, CVS, OSCO, etc.). Yes, I remember them, too!

    You have the nugget of a good story in there, Joy. I like how you wrote it. :^)

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