Birthday cards, wedding cards, Christmas cards, graduation cards, Mother’s Day cards… As much as we all give cards to one another for a special occasion- they are bloody expensive. Buying one from a store like Hallmark, deciding to support a small time business or some quaint etsy shop- buying a card costs butt loads of money.
I have never forgotten a birthday or special occasion for my family members. Those people are all kinds of important to me. But I feel bad hitting the dollar store for a card to express how I feel. But they just get shoved into a shoebox or drawer after being on display for a of couple days.
I know we have all the stuff to make cards at home. We have a closet full of scrapbooking supplies as well. My children even received card making kits as gifts. I just don’t have the time to invest in painstakingly cut and stamp and glue a card. The sad part is, what I would make would be better than what my wife could make. She says that I’m definitely the “Martha Stewart” in the relationship. She’s 100% correct.
My anniversary is this Sunday (expect me to blog about it) so I was out shopping for a card.
I have never given my wife a humorous anniversary card. I spend hours in the store reading over each and every romantic card. I also make sure the colors or the imagery is just right. For the first few years- I made sure that the card was purple & silver to match our wedding colors. Then for a while- I made sure the card would contain the most written scripture because I wanted to get the most value for my buck.
Not this year though.
I think I found one that is perfect for her. She will enjoy it for a few days until our daughter’s birthday. At which point this card, that I spent hours searching for, will get placed in a drawer to be forgotten about for months on end.
Now to just not screw up my signature when signing it…