2/10/12

Freckle Friday...Comforting Words From The Compound


I hate sympathy cards. Today, I searched all over our small town for a just the right sympathy card. I took a lot of time, and after searching a couple of different stores, I left with a .99 cent "Thinking of You" card, because it felt the most honest to me. Even the cards specially designed for certain sadnesses, sound one of three ways, super-canned, ultra-corny or extra-Christ-y.  

Why do sympathy cards suck so bad? I wonder if this is just problematic for Gen-Xers & Millennials, with our less formal language usage. Maybe all non-religious people struggle with the sentiment of these cards. Or maybe it's just the limited selection in our small town.  Whatever, it is...it's unfortunate, because I understand the valuable purpose of sympathy cards. I believe they are worthwhile to both the person sending and receiving the message. They show support & love in a time when words are hard to find. 

I know card company's will never express everyone's feelings, on every situation, perfectly, and I understand no griever will ever find real, lasting peace in the words of a card, but I wish finding that perfect greeting was possible.

Today, perfection would have sounded a little something like this...


11 comments:

  1. You should really write sympathy cards, you have quite a gift there. You've gone to the dark side..and by darkside I mean WP - just kidding, congrats. I want details of course

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    1. Thanks, maybe you could feature me as a card writer.

      No, I haven't gone to WP yet, and I may not! Still powered by blogger...just finally figured out how to use the domain I paid for in August! DUH, I promise you...you want NO advice from me.

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  2. Love it!! Those are words I needed to hear when I lost my mom. I do think you should go into the card writing business. You always find the perfect way to say it! :) Jill

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    1. Thanks Jill! I think honesty helps.

      I saw your post about 8 years ago already. That seems crazy...Hang in there.

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  3. I mentioned my friend in Atlanta (publishing stuff). She makes "totally inappropriate cards". It's do-able!
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