Okay, you are going to truly know I have been inhaling way too much diesel exhaust but I have finally understood the whole military greeting card thing.
I’ve seen many pleas for card makers to make a batch or a few and send them to various places. I thought they were “Thank You” cards to be sent off to our men and women in the military for the job they have volunteered to do.
A right worthy cause in my estimation. In our travels I keep a batch of Thank You cards to hand out to the people in uniform we come across frequently to let them know we appreciate their efforts.
Today it occurred to me my thinking has been all wrong :-(.
Someone stationed on the other side of the world has a spouse at home. Communication is done on base at a designated time and place for family to have video conference calls. A chance to see their lived one’s face and hear their voice. Maybe a hastily written letter to reassure each is alright.
What if the spouse at home, upon opening the mail, found a very special card. An anniversary card, for example, with their loved one’s writing inside extolling undying love and gratitude for choosing to be their mate.
How about a Mother going to the mailbox and finds a birthday card from her child. A son or daughter she prays over each night for safekeeping. To hold in her hands birthday wishes from far, far away.
Maybe a child of a military person has broken an arm or a leg in the most thrilling game of soccer (football) or softball their team has ever played. Waiting at home is a card from the child’s father or mother stationed abroad with Get Well wishes and some consoling words about the injury along with praise for playing such a fine game.
These scenarios wove their tales through my brain while driving the highways today. Made me wish I were home right now in my craft room surrounded by paper and rubber stamps. Then I chastised myself for missing the obvious in these campaigns of card making for our troops.
This coming Saturday, July 16th, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Whole Lotta Scrap in Norman, Oklahoma is having an open call for anyone that wants to stop in and make cards for the troops.
If you have thought about getting into card making and don’t know where or how to start head on over to Whole Lotta Scrap – 526 West Main Street in Norman, Oklahoma. You will have a fantastic time there and I know they would welcome you there.
Already a card maker and have thought about donating some of your cards to the military personnel? Your cards will be appreciated as will you be.
Sure do wish I were home right now. Since I have finally figured it out you can be assured I will be there at the first event when I’m home this fall.
Everyone have a restful evening.