When is the last time you told someone you love WHY they are important to you? Or thanked someone for the everyday things that they do? Or even just told a loved one just how awesome they are for just being themselves? This is something that I have been thinking about over the last little bit, and it came to a head at Blissdom Canada – A social media conference based on learning, connecting and building community.One of the conference sponsors was Hallmark Canada and they had a cute booth set up with a great selection of cards so attendees could write a note to someone at the conference or mail it out to a loved one. A fun concept and a cute way to make someone smile. Because we all know that everyone loves getting mail that is not a bill! I selected a design that I liked, grabbed a pen and opened up the card to write a note to my Mom. I thought it would be fun to send her a note of thanks, as she was watching Monkey while I was away at the conference.Staring down at the card I started to think about just what an amazing Grandmother my Mom is to both Little Bear and Monkey. She is always the first to offer to help out if we need it, to get down to play or read and handles their occasional fits and tears with ease. In the last little while I have seen some examples of some not so nice Grandparents and it has made me treasure my Mom even more. I had been trying to think of a way to tell her thank you for everything she does for my boys, and how she means so much to me…. maybe a gift or a dinner out? But then I thought why am I trying to think about a roundabout way of letting her know? WHY NOT JUST SAY IT? Or in this case write it.
So that is just what I did, with my Hallmark card in hand I started to write a note to my Mom to say Thank you…. Thank you for always building my boys up and never tearing them down. Thank you for being a soft place for them to fall when they are having a hard time. Thank you for showing me the love and patience that I sometimes forget when they are driving me crazy. Thank you for being the amazing, wonderful person that you are! I put the pen to paper and got as far as “Dear Mom…” before I had tears in my eyes, trying to find the right words to express my feelings. Standing in a room full of other bloggers, social media mavens, and friends I was about to burst into tears writing something that should be so easy to say. I jotted down my note quickly, making a couple of spelling mistakes along the way trying to get it all out before the tears spilled over. I hoped the writing is clear enough that she will be able to read it when the letter arrives. I popped the card in the mail box and headed off to my next conference session, hoping my face was not too red from holding back tears.
It is such a small act, sending a card in the mail, but this “Hallmark Moment” made me realize that I DO need to tell the people in my life just what they mean to me more often. My Mom received the card later that week, and called let me know that it had made her cry (happy) tears. When we visited on Thanksgiving I noticed the card on display at the back of her china hutch. Not on grand display, but a subtle reminder every time she walks by and sees it just how special she is to me and my boys.
So think of someone you owe a Thank You to, or needs to hear what they mean to you. Then go pick up a note card and TELL THEM how they are special to you. Trust me, you won’t regret it!