The Birthday Card

I have been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo lately. She is inspiring me to clear my space. I am not getting crazy with the clean up, but taking my time. I am cleaning out one space at a time following her method.

In the KonMari method, you sort through papers. The ultimate goal is to only keep those things that spark joy as you move through each category. Books and paper have been the hardest for me.

I keep all my cards. Yes. ALL of them! You never waste your 5 bucks on me.

As I began to sort through my cards, I came across cards from people that I haven’t seen in a while. I came across cards from my children, my Granny, and my husband. At the bottom of the box, was a card that read Happy Birthday to a wonderful daughter, with love. 

As soon as I saw it, I knew the giver of this heart covered treasure at the bottom of this box. It was from my daddy. He is the most spectacularly gifted card giver ever. He is also a man of few words particularly about feelings, so these cards are treasured.

The card is the most perfect shade of purple with funky red hearts sparingly dispersed on the cover and the back. Inside the card, there are rainbows also sparingly used. It is very 70’s looking which is very fitting as I am a child of the 70’s.

When you open the card, a series of flaps unfold with the complete message. “Wherever you go … whoever you meet … Whatever you dream … You’re going to be great … Because you already are.” When you get to the middle, an excerpt from the Bruno Mars song, Just the Way You Are, plays.

“When I see your face not a thing that I would change because your amazing just the way you are when you smile the whole world stops”

Can I share with you that I have never needed to read those words and hear that song more than I needed to read this card and hear this song right then? I was having a rather terrible day. I was feeling like a failure. I was engulfed in fear. I had cried more than I smiled that day and as I opened the card the tears began to fill my eyes once again, but this time I was glad to shed those tears. 

Let me go against everything Marie Kondo stands for just for one brief moment on one subject. Keep the cards and letters and treasured words on sticky notes. Put them in a box and on those particularly hard days when that voice in your head is telling you that no one likes you and you will never be or do anything worth a dime, pull the box down out of the closet and read every single one. You’ll thank me for it! I promise.

Much Love Peeps!

ps- Marie, I will be keeping this whole box.