Closing the Book: A Project for Benjamin

April 18, 2013



We are moving soon. Well, we hope we are.  Our house has been on the market since the end of November, we had an offer in mid-March, but never made it out of the Option period because the potential buyers backed out.  I was so tired of the endless showings (now up to 76 showing requests), that I finally caved to superstition and bought a St. Joseph statue to bury in the backyard.  We now have another (better!) offer and I think this juuuuuust might work out.

I have a thing for Catholics. My life is sprinkled with them. Now I’m pretty sure I might have to convert.

In any case, Benjamin has been thinking about and worrying about the idea of leaving this house for many, many months.  Besides moving schools, this will be the single greatest transition he will face in his little life – and it’s taken this long just for him to start to understand that moving doesn’t mean you have to leave everything behind.

What helps are distractions – and his current one is the 50 States of the United States. As in, he knows them all and can place them on a map. (For those of you following along at home, he’s SIX and making me feel uneducated.)  We are forever putting together the map in the picture up above, even with the missing state pieces, and chatting about his day, moving and when we can get a dog and specifically what that dog should be named.  (Currently “Germany” is his favorite name. Because of course.)

While sitting there today I asked him if he’d like his own map in his new room and he all but came out of his socks. “A map! Of the world! With continents and countries! So I can LEARN, MOMMY!”

You got it, little dude.

Then I had an idea. What if we could make him a book of postcards from all fifty states, addressed to him (mail!), for him to keep and show off?  What if the Internet could make his little day and give him something to cherish – and educate!

What if, in light of recent events, we did something that felt like community? That, in the end, left tangible evidence people were kind and awesome?

Yes. Let’s.

If you’re game, leave a comment and I’ll email you.  Here are the still outstanding states:  CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WV, WI.

Thanks, you guys.

Updated: 4/18 5pm. These are the only states left uncovered!  Yay! You guys are awesome.

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11 Responses to “Closing the Book: A Project for Benjamin”

  1. Barchbo Says:

    Do you have DC? I am heading there next week! 🙂 I’ll try to find a VA one while I am there.

    • pamlewis Says:

      Hi! I have DC, but don’t have VA, I don’t think. Would you mind?? This is so fun – and he is soooo excited to see all the cards and get “real mail”. 🙂

  2. Micheline duguay Says:

    I’ll be in California next week and can send a card from there. Let me know the address. I have a stamp in my wallet now just for the occasion.


  3. Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey Says:

    Send me your address and one will be coming from Colorado!

  4. Knighton Says:

    I’m headed to MA next week! I’ll send him a postcard from there. I got your address already! 😀

  5. stephanie Says:

    It looks like DC and VA are already taken, but would he want some duplicates?

  6. Joleine Sigler Says:

    I would love to send him a card from Oregon! 🙂