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Birthdays are always a special time. Kids love birthdays. The older we get, however, the less special a birthday can be. If you’re like my mom, she’d much prefer to receive presents but forget about the aging aspect of it. She just likes to feel like we care. Considering her birthday is December 15, just 10 days before Christmas, making her day her own is especially important.
I’m sure she’s grown up all of her life combining her birthday with Christmas. This year, I wanted to make this a birthday to remember with plenty of #birthdaysmiles. Thus, I took her out for breakfast, just her and I. But before that, I headed to Walmart to pick a Hallmark card to celebrate.
Hallmark cards are more than just a piece of paper. In my family, they’re a keepsake. I still have many Hallmark cards I’ve received throughout the years, kept in a drawer to look back on. Finding the perfect card for the occasion is very important, as they could last forever.
With a vast array of Hallmark cards to choose from, I had a hard time deciding. When I narrowed it down to 3, I just decided to get them all. A funny one, where she gets the moon, because we have to have some humor. There was also one from my kids, who each signed it for her, and then the one just from me. Moms take on a lot of stress whether your kids are big or small, so I wanted to make sure I picked up a card to tell her thank you. Thank you for putting up with me. Thank you, thank you.
That morning, the morning of her birthday breakfast, we decided on IHOP. There is no better place for breakfast, really. We had some delicious pancakes. Before they arrived at our table, however, I handed her our selected Hallmark cards.
Over a cup of coffee, she opened each one carefully, reading every word. When the funny card from all of us mooned her, she laughed. She loved how her grandkids had signed each of their own names. Then, after reading the card from specifically me, where I say thank you which I don’t say enough. “This is the one I’m going to frame”, she said.
A keepsake. A treasure. A card in a frame to gently read when it’s needed. That’s what Hallmark does and is. Those moments and memories are a way to keep connections. We had a wonderful breakfast and through all the conversations and laughter, I know she had a fabulous birthday. A day that was truly her own.
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