Twenty-two years ago Ed and Jolene Lambert put together a Christmas package for their son Marc, who was stationed in Hawaii at the time.
The envelope was filled with letters and drawings by Marc’s two younger sisters, something to pick him up over the holidays. Ed sent it in an envelope from Salida High School, where he taught social studies until 2008.
The letter finally arrived earlier this month, to the Lamberts’ home mailbox.
“Much to our surprise and pleasure, it just showed up,” Ed said. “We had forgotten about it. It said it wasn’t delivered due to insufficient address, but we sent other letters to Marc with the same address.”
Ed said he spoke to someone at the Salida Post Office, who suggested that perhaps it had been caught up in a sorting machine, but where the letter has really been for the last 22 years will probably remain a mystery. Representatives of the post office declined to comment.
“We’d just forgotten about it,” Ed said. “When we called Marc to tell him, he joked that he had been worrying about the letter since 1993. At least it got returned to us.”