“Letters from Mom”

Mom wrote me hundreds of letters and would often send me greeting cards with snipped comics or articles from newspapers or magazines she thought I'd enjoy.

Here is another greeting card that – surprisingly, after 25+ years – still contains some things mom put inside it.

It’s a Ziggy card. On the front he is sitting at a desk alone in a big room and above his head is printed, “Now that you’re grown up and on your own, there’s something you oughta know…” and inside it says, “It’s too darn QUIET around here!! Miss you lots Love you lots”

There are two pieces of faded newspaper clippings. One is from the Friday, November 22, 1991 Daytona Beach News-Journal. It’s a single-frame Family Circus cartoon showing the little kid walking to the mom with his hands outstretched over the caption, “I need a hug, Mommy. I used up the last one.” (I have always loathed Family Circus.)

The other is an article from the Wednesday, November 20, 1991 issue with the headline, “Scientists spot mystery space object approaching Earth” above which mom wrote, “Just Something Else to Worry About!!”

Inside the card, mom wrote:

I don’t know if you’ll get this before Thanksgiving. If not, it’ll be waiting for you when you get back. I just thought of you when I saw it. I love you lots. Feel my hug?