Like he's done every year, my dad has crossed out the passages that he doesn't feel apply to me in my birthday card. pic.twitter.com/u6shoB57PB
— Katherine Ryan (@Kathbum) July 4, 2017
This is so relevant no matter what time period you bring it up in. I don’t like greeting card companies – I just don’t. As a kid, it’s like the universally accepted thing to pick up a greeting card for whatever the occasion may be to show your empathy towards one another. Whether it be a friend, family member, co-worker, etc.
It’s not genuine to me. Think about it, you’re having someone else write words for a person that has been apart of your life for your existence (or maybe even a couple of years), when the person who wrote it doesn’t even know who you or the person you’re giving it to even is. It’s lazy.
This past month it was my sisters birthday and my dad and I went to pick up cards for her. I searched through all of the different cards they had to offer but none really resonated with me because, well frankly, I wouldn’t expect them to because they don’t know me or my family. I ended up getting a blank one and writing on it.
To save you all from my rant about greeting cards, I appreciate what this father did to this birthday card for his daughter; would have been even better if he started writing something, but I get that he’s been trying to prove a point. The moral of all this is don’t take the easy way out. Greeting cards were created with the intent to say what you’re not really sure how to say, but I argue that whoever you are celebrating, if they mean something to you, don’t just buy some words on a card. Make an effort to say what you mean. I guarantee that will last way longer than any card you purchase.