We received a Christmas card from our friends in Ireland today. I know that we all communicate electronically most of the time, e-mails, texts, calls.....but to get a handwritten note or card from someone
makes my day. Often students give me cards or notes, and I keep them all in a red leather book. On days when I struggle, when I question what I do........I sit and read those cards and notes.
Those cards, those notes are some of my most prized possessions. They serve as reminders, that somewhere, sometime in my life, I helped someone. I try to send cards and notes as often as I can, maybe the gesture doesn't mean as much to some as it does to me, but I will continue to send them out.
I think that Christmas cards are of my most favorite traditions. Picking out a card, taking the time to write a note and mail it........that is one of the things that makes this season special. We live busy lives, we live fast, but the old fashioned sentiment of mailing a card........is refreshing and appealing.
Dick Blick says I will get my blank cards tomorrow, that means tomorrow afternoon, the painting frenzy will begin. Rick always says, you can go buy some cards.....and there have been years that I did, but not many. I love to paint those cards, to send them out, to know that there are friends who look forward to getting them, as much as I look forward to seeing that card postmarked, Tullamore, Ireland.
I know that mailing Christmas cards does not appeal to everyone.......but don't shortchange yourself.....
send a birthday card, or a thank you, or just a note to say hello. Brighten someone's day......imagine their surprise when they open a card instead of a bill! Send a get well card or thinking of you to someone who is ill, sending a card is such a warm heartfelt gesture, you will never be forgotten.