A Valentine Memory

A Valentine Memory

It’s Valentines Day 2019

I remember in elementary school, many, many years ago, we would have a class party for Valentines Day. The week before the teacher would set up a post office and each student created their own mailbox and decorated it. Our teacher chose a new person every day that week to be the Post Master and each day as children brought in their valentines (we had to have one for each person in the class), the Post Master would distribute them in the mailboxes.  On Valentine’s day, we had the party and after all the handmade cupcakes and party favors were handed out, we would retrieve our mailboxes to take home with us.

It was so much fun going through the cards. They were mostly the store-bought kind. Little cut-out characters with a happy greeting. Once in awhile, there were handmade ones but they were rare. Some of them were signed and some weren’t. Did you get any ‘Be Mine’ cards? Was it from that cute boy you had a crush on? It was kind of amazing that even though we lived in a small town it was rare that you got lots of the same ones. It was fun to get Mail.

It is a fond memory, I still love getting cards and letters, and honestly, I need to be better at personally sending them as well. Lot’s of people are better at this than I because I have been making cards out of my art and selling them for many years! First, it was prints of watercolors I had done, then photographs I had taken and now I am also making hand-painted cards. People love them and share them or gift them so that others can share them.

Sending a card from one of your favorite artists is so much more than just a greeting. It is sharing a gift created by one and passed on to another. It adds a real human connection to the process of communication. In a world of immediate digital, I think a personal hand-written note may be more important than it has ever been. It makes us stop and pay attention, and it reminds us that we are not alone, that someone cares for us. I often save them and every time I see it, it reminds me of the person who sent it.  Again it makes me stop and think. It often sparks me to connect with that person again in some way, even if just sending positive thoughts their way.

And so on this valentines day 2019, I just want to say, cards are one way to connect with those you care about, either near or far. It doesn’t have to be on a special day and actually, I think it might be more important on those days when time gets lost. And yes there are lots of ways to connect, this is just one. If you are looking for artists who make cards for all your special needs, I invite you to look at Etsy.com. Here there are many unique artists that create custom and customized cards. This is where I have set up shop as CherylMcdonaldArt and you can find my cards there as well.

Happy Valentine’s Day, may you feel loved and may you give love to those you care about. And be sure to give the post person some love as well. Even though the costs keep going up and the expectations get higher, the post office still delivers 6 days a week everywhere in the country. And is in and of itself a miracle!

All the best, ❤️