My mother sent 100 James Bond themed postcards to me over 2 and a half years

You read that right. Postcards still exist. Those A6 sized pieces of card that people in the dark ages used to send to their loved ones to brag about warm weather and strong cheap cocktails and would include throwaway comments like ‘wish you were here.’ They did not wish you were there, and you knew it. And my mum has sent James Bond themed postcards to me 100 times.

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This story stems back as far as summer 2012, when I was living in Pennsylvania as a Camp Counsellor. Internet at camp was limited and no phones were allowed in the cabins for campers or counsellors. Therefore, every lunch time we would eagerly wait and see if we’d been sent any post from back home. My mum LOVED sending actual post to me, as much as I loved receiving it. There were cards, letters, post cards of the Lake District, everything! My sister, my friends, my Nana and I think my mam even let my dad at one point, all sent me post cards.

I came back from the States, went back to University, and shortly after that Skyfall (2012) came out in the cinemas around late October. Mum saw a box of James Bond postcards sold in our local Post Office back home and the rest is history. I received my first on 27th November 2012. I received my last on 17th July 2015.

My mother sent me 100 James Bond postcards | almostginger.com

My mother sent me 100 James Bond postcards | almostginger.com

They weren’t all sent via post. Often they would be hidden in things I asked my mum to bring me from home when she visited or in my luggage moving to and from University. One was only just rescued from a sleeping bag I asked her to bring to me from home.

Is this normal behaviour for a mother and her 19 year old now 22 year old daughter? Who knows. My mum is basically just as quirky as I am (though maybe it’s not as evident immediately) and also loves films (though don’t make her watch anything too talky, she ain’t got time for that) and she’d look up facts about the specific film or actor on that particular post card, most often she would point out continuity flaws as these facts are always the most interesting.

My mother sent me 100 James Bond postcards | almostginger.com

Sometimes she’d write them to cheer me up, sometimes they were more day-to-day stuff, sometimes just to let me know she loved me. There is something in the art of letter writing that is almost completely lost nowadays. What are texts? What are emails? Even phone calls, they’re super convenient but there’s potential forgotten love that’s lost there. I hate hoarding random crap and prefer everything digitised. But the 100 postcards in their box are the size of a small tub of butter, I can make room for that in my life for the years of love that was poured into them.

I hope she doesn’t mind that I’ve wrote this, I’ll probably get a ‘how embarrassing’ text from her the second this is published, but I honestly think the sheer length of time she’s spent sending me post cards and how much has happened in between those two dates is noteworthy, and hopefully my mother’s creativity will give others who live away from people they love and care about inspiration to think outside the box when it comes to keeping in touch.

Start gathering them pennies Mam, I ain’t moving back home so you’ve got years of stamp buying left!

My mother sent me 100 James Bond postcards | almostginger.com

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Rebecca

I'm the human and hair behind Almost Ginger. I'm a cinephile travel obsessive vegetarian currently residing in Manchester.

7 thoughts on “My mother sent 100 James Bond themed postcards to me over 2 and a half years

  • August 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm
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    This is a really cool post. Love the bond that you share with your mom. I especially love that you clearly cherish it. Thanks for this little pick me up.

    • August 11, 2015 at 3:24 pm
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      I’m glad you liked it! She loves James Bond films and action films so it’s really cool having that in common (though definitely no Tarantino, she hates too much dialogue haha) and I thought it was something quite unique and I just had to share it.

  • August 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm
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    Omg, this is such a sweet and awesome idea. Postcards are such an underrated way to communicate. What an amazing collection of memories and memorabilia you have. The bond you two have was wonderfully refreshing to read this morning. Thanks for sharing!

    • August 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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      Aw thank you for your lovely comment! It’s crazy the amount of time that has passed since the first postcard, I’m glad I’m able to spread the joy!

  • August 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm
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    This is so adorable and awesome! What a very special thing that you can hold onto forever. thanks for sharing 🙂

    • August 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm
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      Aw thank you very much 🙂 I’m really happy I’ve spread some joy to a few people today!

  • August 13, 2015 at 3:55 pm
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    Aw wow! This is amazing. I love postcards. Sending 100 themed ones to someone sounds like such a fun project to embark on! Your mum sounds like one cool lady. Such a unique set of memories you have there 🙂

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