Time, events move on during card’s 9-year journey

Loretta Miller holding a Christmas card sent in 1999. The card was just returned this week.

Nine years ago, Collbran resident Loretta Miller sent a Christmas card to her daughter’s home in Las Vegas.

Miller’s letter, sent in 1999, never made it to her daughter, Leona. It did, however, manage to make it back to Miller just last week.

“I thought maybe I was losing my mind,” said Miller, looking at the somewhat worn envelope affixed with a 33-cent stamp.

Miller can only guess about where the letter has been. A postmark from August 2006 indicates it spent some time in Farmington, N.M.

“It’s a good thing I put a return address on it,” Miller joked. “I opened it up because I wondered why I would send it to that address, knowing my daughter doesn’t live there anymore.”

Indeed, since 1999, Miller’s daughter has moved twice and now lives in Clifton. Miller said maybe she’ll give the card to her daughter this year for Christmas, as proof to say, “See, you just thought I didn’t send you a card.”

Miller said her daughter doesn’t recall missing a card that year.

Miller has lived at the same Collbran address since 1999, but so many other things in her life have changed since that time.

The price of gasoline is just one example the 65-year-old woman notices most.

Miller travels 245 miles once a week, delivering the free classified-advertising publication The Nickel from Grand Junction to Carbondale, including all the stops in between.

In 1999, she was paying approximately $1.20 for a gallon of unleaded gasoline. For much of this summer, a gallon of gas has hovered around $4.

Miller still would love to know the places her letter has seen.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got it back,” she said.

“I don’t know whether it was lost or where it was.”


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