Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

Department Chair or Program Director

Richards, Gary

First Advisor

Rafferty, Colin

Major or Concentration

English (Creative Writing Concentration)


When You Have A Postcard for A Father

Abigail Shea Nibblett

ENG 470C: Creative Nonfiction Seminar

Sponsoring Faculty: Prof. Colin Rafferty

“When You Have A Postcard for A Father” explores the complicated emotions and memories tied to being the daughter of a constantly travelling United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. The long essay explores how he maintained a positive presence in the girl’s life despite the challenges of his schedule and how the souvenirs that he always brought back showed his love even when he could not be there physically. By tying in the lyrics of “I’m Already There,” by Lonestar, a list of the places and souvenirs, utilizing scenes of his return home, and capturing the constant threat of deployment, the essay grows with the girl, demonstrating how as she gets older, her ability to give back to her dad increases, and she ultimately discovers that the only gift that truly makes a difference is the gift of time.