My Three Favorite Cards of All Time

For some unknown reason I’ve been thinking about some of the great special occasion cards I’ve received over the years. Although I’ve had a number of good ones, these three stick out. Probably because they’re the only ones I still have.

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Shown above is a birthday card from Mary Jane Bolling, who was my department director for a few years while I was working at the International Mission Board. I was not only pleasantly surprised that she sent me a card at all, but especially so at its humor. I never fail to laugh when I look at it. Thanks again, Mary Jane, wherever you may be.

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Next is a father’s day card from my daughter, Kristi, the summer after she graduated from high school. Within a few weeks, she was on the way to college far, far from home. I’ve edited out her personal greeting just because it’s between her and Kathleen and me. Nothing improper, though. Thanks, Kristi, for that loving–and very humorous–card.

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The third card isn’t a greeting card, but a postcard depicting the founding of the Women’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention. Not quite as strange a thing for me to have and share as you might think. One thing my father shared with me often enough for me to remember is the fact that his mother and her twin sister attended the WMU’s founding meeting as little girls.

So, yes, you really do see a set of twins there at the bottom left. Abby and Mariah, but don’t ask me which is which.

What makes this all the more interesting (to me, anyhow) is the fact that the men were off meeting elsewhere, making a decision not to allow the women to organize. Ha! Didn’t work.

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My great grandmother, Abby Manly Gwathmey, was the mother of those twins and quite a few other children as well, and–until recently–my wife and I continued to sleep in the bed she gave birth to them in. (We only quit using it because it’s very high and we didn’t want our miniature dachshund to endanger her back by continuing to jump off it.)

Abby Manly Gwathmey became one of the early presidents of the national WMU organization, and rumors are that the WMU would love to have that bed. I can’t imagine what it would cost to move something that huge and that heavy, but if they would be willing to foot the bill, we might be willing to give up this historical (and probably very valuable antique) heirloom to preserve it where it will be fully appreciated.

What about you? Have you received (or perhaps bought for yourself) any special occasion cards or postcards? How about leaving a comment?

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Everyone Has a Twin Somewhere

 

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On one hand, we’re taught that each of us is unique. Just as unique as our fingerprints. And, as I read somewhere recently, as unique as our eyes.

On the other hand, a popular common belief says that each of us has a twin somewhere in the world. Not quite identical in appearance, but close enough to make the observer look twice.

When I was still married to my ex-, her sister went on a Mediterranean cruise, if I recall correctly. When she came home and reported on her trip, she said she’d seen a guy who could’ve been my twin–somewhere on a Greek isle, if I recall correctly.

And then there’s Jeff Meyers, who at that time was a columnist for the St. Louis newspaper. No idea about his status now.) And he wrote “whimsical, offbeat” articles. Wow! Does that sound like me or what? Check out the picture above and compare it to the fourth picture from the right in my banner. Sure, my beard was never that thick, even when I had a full one. My hair, either.

But the resemblance is close enough to startle me.

But my favorite twin story goes back to my temporary stint at Target. When somebody told me about one of the vendors–at least that’s what I understood him to be–who looked like me, I asked that they send the guy up front for me to meet the next time he came in.

And so they did. And that picture of two bearded guys in red comes as close to proving the theory of my having a twin as I ever expect to see. Believe it or not, I have to look closely to remember which one is ME!

What about you? Do you have a twin–real or coincidental? How about leaving a comment to share that story with us?

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Best regards,
Roger