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Yes, Kensley There Is A Santa Claus

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Who says toddlers don’t know that their parents are gone? Kensley Penny had been a good little girl since her Daddy left for duty in Afghanistan and missed him. She asked Santa for only one thing this year. Watching the video of the little 3 year old’s cries at seeing her Daddy, given special permission from the Pentagon to return home for the holidays, just breaks my heart.

God bless Mr. Penny for his service to our country and for being such a special person to his daughter.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

December 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Time

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The ancient Greek historian Herodatus is thought to have originally said “”Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The United States Post Office Service adopted the heroic quote as their motto to depict their determination in delivering the mail. We now need to add the words “nor time” to the famous line.

A postcard featuring a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl was mailed in 1914, but its journey was slower than Christmas. It just arrived in northwest Kansas.

The Christmas card was dated Dec. 23, 1914, and mailed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, apparently from her cousins in Alma, Neb.

It’s a mystery where it spent most of the last century, Oberlin Postmaster Steve Schultz said. “It’s surprising that it never got thrown away,” he said. “How someone found it, I don’t know.”

Ethel Martin is deceased, but Schultz said the post office wanted to get the card to a relative.

That’s how the 93-year-old relic ended up with Bernice Martin, Ethel’s sister-in-law. She said she believed the card had been found somewhere in Illinois.

“That’s all we know,” she said. “But it is kind of curious. We’d like to know how it got down there.”

The card was placed inside another envelope with modern postage for the trip to Oberlin – the one-cent postage of the early 20th century wouldn’t have covered it, Martin said.

“We don’t know much about it,” she said. “But wherever they kept it, it was in perfect shape.”

It’s amazing that there was a member of the family alive who could relate to the postcard and appreciate the find. I am glad that someone took the time to track the family down. How timely that the USPS delivered the Santa Claus postcard at Christmas time. I just hope the original sender didn’t pay the Express rate, not the Pony Express, but the Federal Express. Time does change things.

Written by smalltalkwitht

December 18, 2007 at 12:45 pm