Harry woke up from his nap when the UPS truck rumbled into the driveway. “Elle! Answer the door. It must be another one of your eBay deals.”
“Oh great!, replied Elle as she rushed to the door.
What would it be, she wondered. She had ordered about four things in the last month, always trying to stay under her self-enforced budget of seven dollars, plus shipping.
The package wrapping looked like that of a novice seller. Too much tape, smudgy handwriting. Flat, only a few ounces.
“Ooh, Harry, I bet this is the postcard collection. You remember don’t you…the one that offered postcards addressed to Miss Pearl Gray from Izzy Veyot in Brussels in 1910?”
“Yeah, right. That sounds like a real winner,” grumbled Harry.
Elle slid a kitchen knife under the tape and peered into the package. Sliding one postcard out, Elle exclaimed,”That’s what it is. Just look at this beautiful handwriting! And, it’s written in English! I was worried that Veyot sounded foreign, maybe French.”
And here is one with a fish statue. I think it’s from the World’s Fair held in Brussels that year, don’t you?”
And who do you think painted this one of the lady in the pink dress? Maybe I can find that image on Google.
Harry bent closer to examine the postcard. “World’s Fair you say? Let me see the postage. ” Wow, this could be a rare stamp here, he thought.
“Now Harry, you cannot have the stamp because I plan to enter these in the State Fair postcard collection category.”
Elle gathered up the postcards and went to her desk. As she read the short messages, she felt connected to Pearl and Anna, whoever they were. And sad, that their relatives hadn’t treasured these postcards enough to save them.
She used a magnifying glass on one picture, trying to decide what stuffed animal was on the bench. Some souvenir trinket, she guessed.
And, what is this inscription on the statue, she wondered. Oops, time to make supper, she noticed. And when she swept the postcards into a pile, she could smell attic dust mixed with the scent of a woman’s perfume. And she grinned, and thought, “Best thing I bought this month!”