I haven’t crossed the bridge yet and continue to send cards
through the postal system.
However, I have found a way to reduce the cost of the cards.
Our family has been saving greeting cards for a number of
years. I have reasons for doing this. Here are some:
Looking through old cards reminds us of people
we knew long ago. Some of them have passed away and others have moved to a now
The cards are lovely.
I don’t feel it respectful to toss them in the
trash as soon as the major event has passed.
Cards represent thoughts of people who once
spent time sending them to us.
What has been done
with the saved cards?
There is a special area in a closet where old cards are kept.
As the late fall and winter holidays draw near they are brought out and placed
on a table.
The cards are divested of their written words. Those with
beauty, interest, or humor on the front page are kept for another trip through
the postal system.
Card stock and sticky circles are used to put new cards
The inside of the
card is blank. Something must be done.
A message must be included. It doesn’t have to take up all
the space but we hope it appears sincere and appropriate.
This takes time and thought. We include a reference to the
Holiday and our hope that they have a happy experience. We share some of our
activities and plans.
As I write on the inside of the card, I think of people who
will receive it. I remember times we have been together, our families, our
children, and what our friendship has meant to us.
At the end, we slide the card into an envelope and address
The card will be sent on; to a place we might not know, on a
plane or truck that will carry it to a different destination.
We are linked together in memory.
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother,
writer, thrift advocate, cable television producer, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can
help people because she has experienced the benefits.
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