We’d go to the card store and look for the most intensely emotional or hilariously funny greeting cards we could find. Then we’d send them to each other. People used to say I had a knack for picking out the best greeting cards, or just the most appropriate, but the truth is that I often bought the first one that caught my eye. I suppose I had a knack for that itself, or a brain and heart full of such intense emotions, and no real way to express it myself. Yet. Luckily we have greeting cards for that. The most amazing thing is that you can add your own words too. Then you pop it in the mailbox and send it on its way.
I’ve gotten worse at it with age. Something about going to the post office with two kids, or even without, scares me sometimes and I get lost in the details. It’s lucky for me that there are so many greeting cards in this world and it’s not hard to send them. My sister still sends them, and they’re fabulous, and I keep all of the ones she sends to my kids, for my kids to one day read through and through. Greeting cards are truly a gift that keeps giving, and I’m not sure I’ve ever NOT kept one.
About a month or two ago, I wrote a post about my little sister being pregnant, while also knowing that my older sister was pregnant but not public with it yet! Having them both be pregnant has been an amazing life experience for me. My older sister has been my rock throughout life. She’s one of the first people I met on this earth, and she’s the only one who really understands how it’s been ever since our father passed away suddenly when we were only four and six-years-old. She’s pregnant, and it wasn’t easy for her to get there, and she’s due with a little boy in March. I can’t wait to meet him.
I’m going to fall madly in love with him and ask to babysit any chance I get. My younger brother has two kids and they’re pretty much the cutest, squishiest kids on the planet and the fact that we’re multiplying is amazing. In the spirit of the season, and in the spirit of thanks, I want to dedicate this blog post to my older sister – who has helped shape who I am today.
It gets better. American Greetings is partnering with United Way Worldwide as part of the Thanklist campaign – to give back during this season of gratitude. For each #ThankList shared on social media, American Greetings will donate $1 to United Way Worldwide. The funds donated during this campaign will be allocated towards hunger protection. Research has proven that simply writing down what you’re thankful for triggers the positive health benefits of gratitude. So share a Tweet, Facebook post or Instagram photo and name people for whom you’re thankful!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.