I participated in a few postcard swaps last week. Interestingly, each of the postcard swaps I joined asked that I share a verse, a quote or something about the book I’m reading “now.” I searched through my stash to find postcards that either complemented the swap theme or coincided with my partners’ interests and favorites. Here’s what I came up with:
This one was for the “Christian Quote” (on a postcard) swap:
Legend of the Dogwood
The postcard is probably more appropriate for the Easter Season, but I think my swap partner will appreciate it. I chose a quote by Ben Patterson from the Couples Devotional Bible: “According to the Bible we have no rights! Whatever we do we have because God in His grace and generosity has given it to us. When we realize this, there comes into our lives a joyful gratitude for what we have, and we are freed from resentment and anxiety over what we don’t have.”
I had two partners for a swap entitled “There’s a Time For…” For this swap participants had to share a verse from Ecclesiastes and a prayer for their two partners. Both of my partners like cats, and I was fortunate enough to find two more cat postcards in my stash.
The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter (1907)
Okay, so this next one is not exactly a “cat” postcard, but it has a cat in it…
“My Father,” 1914, by Marc Chagall (Russian, 1887-1985)
I chose Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 and contextualized and commented on the texts based on what I perceived about each partners’ needs:
The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Lastly, I sent out two postcards from the Quilts of Gee’s Bend collection for the “Bookworm Postcard Swap.”
Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Quilts of Gee’s Bend
These brightly colored “textile masterpieces” were created by four generations of African American women in Gee’s Bend, described as a remote “backwater of Alabama.” The women made the quilts from scraps and worn-out work clothes. I first heard of the Quilts of Gee’s Bend when I participated in a seminar on the African American Imagination at NYU two summers ago. The seminar was facilitated by renown art historian Leslie King-Hammond. You can find pics of the quilts here: Gee’s Bend Catalog.
I was reading Homer’s The Odyssey when it was time to send this swap. I have read it a zillion times, but I never get bored. Now, my students might tell another story…