The ink pen was the tool she used to send out greetings to the relatives. Hours would pass as she recalled places she visited, people she had seen or times of celebration with the family. The bits of information were not only for the benefit of the relatives. It was also for her; she needed to remember these things so she could pass them on.
“It just needed to be done, someone had to do it, so it may as well be me,” she would remark when asked why she spent so much time sending cards and letters especially for non-card-sending holidays such as July 4th or Memorial Day.
To her the information was more than posting a greeting card. The news that they held joined the past to the present, the faraway to the near, and anyone who was lost could certainly find their way home.