Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
- Willa Cather
I have many vacation memories, but the best are among the first.
I was 8 and my father had to go to a business convention in Bristol, Tenn. It was summer, so he decided to take me, Mama and my two little sisters, and it was the grandest time I'd ever had.
Sure, it might have been cramped in that Holiday Inn room. But we had all these luxuries - a swimming pool, air conditioning and color TV.
And for breakfast I could order waffles.
There were many vacations that followed, but that was always one of the best.
Speaking of vacations, let's go through your post cards.
Illinois Jones (Indiana's brother, I guess) sends a post card showing the Harvard University Museum. He writes: "Lots of people here - mummies, knights, cavemen, Iroquois and Eskimos."
Sandra and Shirley Johnson, of Augusta, are always sending postcards year-round and they are traveling again.
"We flew out with Karin Callaway to Memphis," they say on the back of an Elvis postcard. Other cards show Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Kentucky and Ohio.
Teresa Jordan and B.J. Sherrill say "Hello from the Windy City. This is our first visit. We are having a blast. We have never seen so many people."
Henry and Wilma Mathis and LaVerne and Ian Booton are having "a great time in Alaska and Vancouver. Weather has been beautiful."
Ellen Davidson, Peter Newlin, Rick Hardy, John Wise, Sherry Fulmer and Alan Moorhead send a card from South Dakota.
They write: "NBHA staff on the road again this summer. 47 degrees here in Mitchell!"
Joyce Hyer, Mary Ellen Sartori and Jodie Gould are "celebrating 55. Saw The Lion King tonight. Leaving for Bermuda tomorrow."
Helen Boyce sends a card from New Jersey. "Lots to do," she writes.
I get an "aloha" from Pam Navarro and Holly Navarro, of Martinez, and Aunt Debbie, of Tampa, Fla, who send two cards from Hawaii.
Wendell Lyon, of Waynesboro, sends a card from Yellowstone, which he describes as "too beautiful for words."
Theda ("Dee") and Cecil send a card from Alaska.
Carrie and Dave Welter send a card from Omaha, Neb., and write: "Please send our county commissioners here! It is beautiful! They have done so much!"
Brady and Maggie O'Leary (Jennifer and Matt, too!) say hello from Nebraska. "It feels like the South here - hot and humid."
Margaret and Earl Stalcup are in Washington, D.C., for a grandson's wedding and visited the World War II Memorial.
Also in D.C. are Bruce and Fran, from Hephzibah, "seeing the sites."
If you're going on vacation this summer, why not send me a card?
Just mail it to P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.
Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.