Happy Birthday! Dad told me that you got the card I sent. I hope it made you smile!
This year’s card took a long time to pick out. I stood in front of the Hallmark wall of cards under the category “Mother” for quite a while. There were funny ones…and serious ones…and religious ones…and even one that played a Phil Collins song. I almost bought that one. It reminded me of the time we went to the Genesis concert together two decades ago. I was 20 and you were just a little older than the age I am now! Do you remember that night? It was really fun and a special memory that I’ll never forget. Anyways, that’s why I almost bought you the musical card; but, it played You’ll Be In My Heart, which was a little too sappy.
There was another card that had a nice design and simple message: Happy Birthday – I Love You. I passed on that one too – it didn’t quite say enough. Then, I almost bought a religious-type card that said something about how special you are and that only God could have given me such a precious mother. Again I decided that it wasn’t quite right. The message was just too serious and made me cry.
So, that’s why you were probably surprised to get the card that opens into a 3-D paper flower arrangement! I wrote out all the words to the Happy Birthday Song on the little tag. I hope Dad sang it to you when he read you the card. His voice is better than mine anyway.
I’ll see you this weekend. XOXO,
Hallmark enjoyed my company for an hour on Sunday, looking at every card they sell. Selecting the last birthday card that I might ever buy for my mom was more difficult that I imagined it would be. When you know the last day is closer than you’d like, even the smallest decisions seem monumental.
Every day needs to count…each and every one of them.
What will you do to make today count for you?