I'm not the warm and fuzzy type. I have a tough time with letting my feelings out, telling people how I feel and being that "warm and loving" woman that everyone holds to such an ideal. It's just not me; no matter how hard I try, I'm not a soft and huggy person.
I rely on my greeting cards to do the work for me. I've been known to stand in the card aisle and browse card after card. I buy them in bulk, most often because I love the message or the picture speaks to me. I bring them home and they sit in my office, awaiting the perfect opportunity to mail them out. Often, I have no recipient in mind when I buy the card - I just know it's perfect for someone.
I have two best friends. On the surface, we have almost nothing in common - but we are fast and solid friends who have been together for years. We are, in fact, polar opposites in many ways. If I'm sure of nothing in my life, however, I know that these two women will be there for me no matter what happens.
Every once in a while, I look over at the pile of cards and something tells me Send one. One of my friends springs to mind and I just know she's in need of support. Sure, I could pick up the phone, send a text or Facebook message - and I do those things, of course - but there's just something magical about going to the mailbox and seeing the proof of your friendship among the bills and junk mail.
I always put a message inside. It could be something humorous - Remember the time that we... - or it could be a strong message of support - hang in there, teenagers eventually move out - or just I'm thinking of you. xoxoxo. I might remember the crazy time we had at a blog conference or the time that we saw a woman have a total meltdown over some ducks. (Both true stories, btw!) I don't want to forget these times, I don't want to forget these friends - and my cards are my way to help glue our friendships solid and tight.
It's even more special when they send cards back to me - and once, we even picked the same cards. When we live in far flung locales, the odds of that happening are pretty awesome.
Who in your life needs to hear something from you right now? How can you show your friends how much they mean to you?