Is it just me or is it thrilling to get a letter or a card in the mail? Receiving a good, long email from a friend is thrilling, too. *cough*Janie*cough*Jody*cough* But there’s just something extra special about opening your mailbox and finding a handwritten note. It was a thrill when I was a child and it’s a thrill now. In the days of text messaging and email and countless other forms of social media, it hardly ever happens anymore, but when it does – instant day brightener.
I sent a card to a friend a couple of weeks ago. In it, I mentioned that Sayid was turning six and thanked her for all the wisdom she passed along to me when he was a puppy and was just being trained. He is smart and well trained in large part to the things she taught me. I had completely forgotten I had sent her a card. Yesterday I received a card in the mail from her, wishing Sayid a happy birthday. Instant day brightener!
I love to send cards to friends for no reason other than I just feel like it sometimes. When I go in Target, I’m drawn to their card section. Not really their individual card section, but the boxed cards. I love finding a cute box of cards. If they have a box of cards with a charming little bicycle on them, I might as well just hand over my wallet. Cards are charming; bicycles are charming. Sold! Boxed cards really are a bargain, because $4.99 isn’t so bad if you get 10 cards and envelopes. For $1 you cover the cost of the cute card and the stamp and you get to brighten a friend’s day. I’d say that’s a dollar well spent.
Today in Target, I bought a box of bicycle cards that are blank on the inside. Perfect! The photo is of a sky blue bike leaned up against a yellow building with big windows and there are books strapped down to the rear rack. Books! Books are charming, too. Good grief, I may have to frame one of these cards and just have it in my house. They are that cute. I want to be friends with the owner of this bike. I want to ride bikes together to the library.
Before I found these adorable bicycle cards, I found a box of cards called Polaroid Notes. I looked through all of the photos on the cards – 20 random pictures – and thought some were great but some were a little weird. Then I saw the price tag on the back – $14.95. That’s a little steep for a frugal gal such as myself. They only had one box, but I put them down in favor of the aforementioned bicycle cards. After I left Target, the more I thought about that box of cards, the more I wanted them. I thought about a particular friend who I like to send cards to and an inside joke we’ve had for the past fifteen years. Then I wanted these cards even more – even the weird ones. Especially the weird ones. So I paid a little visit to amazon.com. Got ‘em. Got ‘em for a little less than I would have spent at Target. They’re on the way. Weird cards coming soon to a mailbox near you, friend.
Charming bicycle cards coming to other mailboxes whose owners I know in the coming weeks.
So hey, maybe you should go brighten someone’s day, friends. It’s easy.