There are many ways to select a greeting card. Some people, like me, read every card and then go back and reread them to find the perfect one. Others, select them by the graphics, others select musical ones and on and on.

Early in our marriage, my husband, Lou, told me that his mom considered the card as important, if not more, than the gift. So I left the card selection for my mother in law to him.

We had the kids make cards, but that only lasted for a couple of years. Then Lou and I had to get two cards, one from us and one from the kids. Shortly after Lou started picking the kids card, for Mother’s Day, I got a card from our 11 year old twins, that read ‘We know we don’t visit as often as we should, We know we don’t call as often as we could……’

After reading the card, I looked at Lou and asked if he had read the card. Before he could answer, I read the card to him. He started laughing and explained his process for selecting cards. He goes to the card rack and finds the right section for the occasion and looks for the card that only has one left. He figures if there is only one on the shelf than other people liked it so it must be good!

This method had served him well for years. His mom loved the cards he got her. She would always say, ‘Awwwww, that’s really nice. Do you mean it?’ ‘Every word.’ Lou answered. 

Who is to say which is the best method of selecting a card? I now start with the ones that only have one left. I still read them all, but more often than not I end up with a card that is the last one of its kind.

Talk to you next month. Until then, may you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul and joy in your life.

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