FINALLY GETTING IT DONE or MY RANT FOR THE DAY
I recently had a health situation for which I should have received an avalanche of cards wishing me well and speedy recovery. I'm not a particularly needy person, so that is not an easy thing to say, but it's true. What's also true is that the number of cards I received was about equal to the number of the fingers on my right and left hands. Which, in my mind, is a very sad state of affairs.
Now, this is not just about me. I've talked to others who have experienced the same level of being overlooked & ignored at these very delicate times of their lives. I must confess that I've been guilty of the same apathy toward others. I can just hear the excuses: I meant to send a card but the time got away from me; I didn't have any cards in the house; I ran out of stamps; I didn't know you were in the hospital/sick/dying of cancer/home from the hospital; couldn't find your address; the cards in the stores are too expensive; I fell asleep; the dog ate it before I could put it in the mailbox; and on-and-on.
So what am I doing about it? Well, there's nothing I can do about not receiving the cards, but there's definitely something I can do about my responsibility toward others. I will be sending cards to as many people as I can when I know they have a "situation" in their lives.
For example, a grandson with whom I don't have much communication recently got accepted to the college of his choice and received a $60,000 scholarship to go along with the acceptance. Wowser, that's
big HUGH!! So I sent him a card. Before my particular situation, I might have thought about it, but probably wouldn't have followed through. End of rant.
So now, in light of how stinkin' expensive cards are in the stores, I decided to get back to the practice of making my own. I was additionally motivated when I read a blog describing her card-making process. If you want to see her explanation of the process, go here and scroll down to the Feb 16 post. It sure seemed easier than when I used to make them years ago, so I thought I'd give it a shot again.
After I found the card stock (already the right size and scored to fold easily besides) and the envelopes, and I computed the total cost, I realized that this might be the way to go for a while. Oh--I also ran some of them through the computer to create some funky text on the inside. So some will be printed and some will be blank. Total cost (photo included)=maybe as much as 30 cents each. Nice, huh?
So now I'm on a mission to find and take images that will suit the cards I'm making.
What does this all mean?? It means I no longer have an excuse for not sending cards to people AND it means I have to use up 300 sheets of card stock...sheesh.