Walker gals enjoy worldwide visits by postcrossing

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

From left, April Walker and her daughters, Casey and Allie, love receiving postcards almost daily. On this visit to the mailbox last week, they received 20 postcards. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Postcards—once found at every souvenir shop, five-and-dime store and village market—are now mostly obsolete to a generation of texters, tweeters and Snapchatters. No longer do grandparents have to wait a week or more to get a snippet of their grandchildren’s Disney vacation, or the happenings at summer camp jotted down on an index card-sized piece of heavy stock paper. Instead, with a push of a button, folks can now video chat in real time across the miles.

For the most part, postcard writing is a lost art form—except at the Walker home in Fleeton, where 6-year-old Casey and 9-year-old Allie anxiously anticipate the arrival of snail mail daily. On a Thursday afternoon a week ago, the two rushed to the mailbox at the end of their driveway, where they struck postcard gold. Their tiny hands emerged from the mailbox filled with card…[to-view-more]