I Wish You Were Here

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At The Rumpus, we love a good letter, and Tanya Houghton wants you to send her mother postcards.

Three years ago Marianne Houghton was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Once an avid traveler, her deteriorating health has left her without an outlet for her wanderlust.

In response, her daughter has started the “I Wish You Were Here Project,” a website dedicated to collecting postcards addressed to Marianne from around the world.

If you want to send Marianne a postcard, go here.


Walter Gordon is an intern at The Rumpus. He is a native of Berkeley, CA and goes to college in Oberlin, OH. He spends most of his time reading. His eyes hurt. Other hobbies include photography, writing fiction, and sitting on top of tall piles of rocks. More from this author →