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By GLORIA EDWARDS

HOME
AGAIN

THE
CHIMNEY
ROCK

Postcard

Things can find their proper place, even if it takes 60 years.

T

he year: 1947.
The young man: a World War II
veteran just home from Japan.
The journey: on the way to
Asheville to visit his mother,
who lived right down the street
from the famous author of "Look
Homeward Angel."
On this ride from Duplin County in
eastern North Carolina, the young man
and his brother rattled and shook over the
roads of U.S. 74 westward bound. Once
on the curvy roads of Rutherford County
near Chimney Rock, they pulled over for
a view of the Rocky Broad River and the
old monolith. As the brothers stretched
their legs going from shop to shop in the
little village, the young man picked up a
Chimney Rock post card, jotted down a
few words and mailed it in the Chimney
Rock post office.
The card: being sent to his new fiancé
back in Onslow County. The couple was
just a few months from being married.
The card read: "Hello General, I am at
Chimney Rock. I like it fine. Hope you are
ok. Love, Leland"

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Not many words but just enough to
thrill the upcoming bride.
Ahead to 2011: The bride of 1947 was
going through old love letters from her
military man and found the post card. This
bride and groom, you see, are my parents.
Dad had died and reading the words of so
long ago made Mom smile and rekindled
memories of a simpler time. She placed it
aside and upon a visit from me, she asked
me if I wanted the card. I was building a
family cabin in Chimney Rock. Not knowing about the card, I was delighted to read
it and was eager to reclaim it for its return
trip to Chimney Rock.
I framed the card for my mom. It
adorns her room at the cabin. With its 1½cent stamp and historical significance for
my family, I felt it was only the right thing
to do to return it to its origin.
Visiting friends read the card and are
astounded by its journey. It's among my
favorite things in the cabin, along with a
book shelf Dad built while in high school,
old doors from his homeplace as headboards and many pictures of family trips
through the years.

TOP: Gloria Edwards was given the postcard
by her mother, who found it going through old
love letters from her late husband.
ABOVE: The postcard, carefully framed by
Edwards, has been hung in the "mother room"
at the Edwards cabin in Chimney Rock.

It took over 60 years to find its way
back, but the post card is home in Chimney Rock once again.
The year 2019: I smile at the journey,
and hope you will too.
Gloria Edwards is a retired educator and
public relations director for Sampson County,
North Carolina, Schools.


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