Then I had one kid, two kids, three kids, and my job went full time. My kids and my work keep me very busy, like most working moms. It has been a happy, wonderful, and, at times, stressful year.
The issue is, I have an important person in my life that also shares my appreciation for cards, but takes offense when I don’t send one for specific holidays and birthdays… or if they don’t arrive on time. I would surmise that this person thinks that the lack of card/or a card on time = my appreciation for said person. That, however, is not true.
The honest truth is, more often than not, the only people I send cards to on a regular basis anymore are the family members that I know will be upset if I don’t… and they are almost always late. Does that mean that I do not value any of the people in my life? No, of course not. I have just changed my priorities and my expression of love. These days, I show others that they are important to me by taking time to visit them; giving them a call; sending a text or email; and if they don’t live nearby, setting up a video chat with them and my kids or asking them to come over for a visit.
So dear family member, please do not interpret my forgetfulness to send a card as I have forgotten you. I think of you all the time and you mean a lot to me. I thought about you yesterday when I was picking up my groceries and your favorite song came on the radio. I thought of you on the way to the track meet when J asked when we could see you next. I thought of you tonight while I was doing the dishes, remembering when you taught me how to do dishes, wishing that I could call you, but realizing that it was too late at night. I thought of you when I went to the family party with my in-laws and wondered what you were doing that very moment. You are on my mind all the time, I am just terrible about sending cards.
So now that you know how important you truly are to me, do you think that during my current season of life, you could give me a little grace with the greeting cards?