The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those that got there first.
- Steven Tyler
When I was growing up, my family did not spend summer vacations traveling to exotic destinations. Like many of you, I imagine, we spent that week or so visiting relatives.
At the time, I probably wished I could be like my friends and tour World's Fairs or swim in the ocean, but now I wouldn't trade those memories for anything.
Family-visit vacations are still going on. I know because they send us postcards.
From New Mexico, Jan, Irwin and Scott Partridge of Lincolnton write: "We are visiting Santa Fe, as our daughter Leah, is singing with the Santa Fe Opera."
Nancy Whitehead and Len Sjostrom of North Augusta say hey from Stockholm. They've spent two weeks visiting relatives. They also "crossed the Arctic Circle and stayed up to watch the midnight sun." They celebrated the Fourth of July at the American embassy.
Teresa Maniccia of Augusta sends in a postcard showing the baseball stadium in Seattle (site of this year's All-Star Game.) She writes: "Knowing that you like baseball and postcards showing the fields, we thought we'd share this one with you. Our daughter sent it to us when she went to a Mariners game in Seattle."
Teresa and Leo (and their children) also sent a card from a family reunion in Seattle, where they spent three days on Orcas Island. They report: "They told us Gene Hackman just purchased a small island here for $1.2 million."
Wenona McNeal and Michele and Brianne Hemingway send a card from West Virginia - our first.
The Ellingtons - Joe, Barbara, Laura and Jarrett - send a card from Vancouver. They write: "We got off the boat yesterday morning. Off now on a weeklong bus tour of British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. ... Beautiful mountains and lakes and rivers. Also, hot now ..."
They send other cards from Wyoming and two from Salt Lake City, including one featuring mention of the upcoming Olympic Games.
Ann and Sam send a card from Ireland. "Beautiful country!" they write. "The weather is a pleasant contrast to Augusta. High so far is 70 degrees. People are very friendly!"
Cliss and Erna Hull send a card from Austria where, they say, the weather is great - 80-degree days and 50-degree nights.
Laurie, Wolf and Pa-in-Law Sam say hello from Niagara Falls.
Our first card from South Dakota comes from Sam and Aline Crouch of Edgefield. They are enjoying the Elderhostel tour and visiting the Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore.
TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one from Bob Rowland.
"You know," the frustrated golfer said aloud, "you've got to be the worst caddy in the world!"
"I doubt it," replied the caddy. "That would be too much of a coincidence."
Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or email@example.com.