Wednesday, February 27, 2013


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.


trishalyn said...

Sometimes the worst of life's experiences teaches us a valuable lesson.

I love your cards, and will keep my fingers crossed that I may be a recipient of one in the near future! :-)

~she~ said...

I love that idea! Are you using all your own images? I don't have a good enough printer for something like that.

Sending cards is becoming a lost art. I got very few when my grandmother passed away. All of them were from older people. People my age would much rather send a text, which I got plenty of. But hearing that "bing-bong" come in at an inappropriate, sad time isn't the same as opening a nice, sealed envelope. I'm with you on this one.