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Family is important to us. Every year around the holidays, my wife and I make an effort to spend time with our families. My mother-in-law lives four hours away and usually comes and stays with us during the holidays and we usually get together and eat, play a little Mario Kart on the Wii and enjoy each others company. Peyton, my sister-in-law, lives with us as she goes to school, and is about to graduate this year. Because my mother-in-law is disabled she will not be able to make two trips, one for Easter and the other for Peyton’s graduation.
My mother-in-law is a sweet woman; she’s a lot like my wife. Feisty, caring, fiercely loyal to her children and grand child, loving, stern and of course kind. She is a wonderful person and I’m extremely sad that she won’t be able to spend the Easter holiday with us. WannaBite is about family, we believe that as a family we connect around the family table, and our blog is an expression of that desire to connect. I’ll make a recipe so that Hannah can make it with me. My wife will cook something adventurous because we want to try something new and exciting. Relationships flourish when you spend time cultivating them, so when my daughter’s ‘nanny’ is away on Easter, she misses the Easter Bunny. She’ll miss the Easter Egg Hunt and the morning Easter Breakfast. She’ll miss the fried chicken and delicious green bean casserole.
Yesterday I spoke to Hannah about it and she said that Nanny would be really sad. We were in the store and I suggested we get a card for her. I didn’t really think about getting 20 cards but Hannah is so much like my wife. Her child-like spirit and her desire to ensure her nanny is happy consumed her and excited her when we were in Walmart. Hannah suggested we get 7 cards. I thought about that for a moment and thought this would be a great Easter idea as well as an excellent teaching moment about kindness and thinking of others. Hannah and I had a little talk in the aisle at Walmart and I suggested that it might make Nanny happy if we surprised her with not just one card, not just two, but with nearly EVERY card Hallmark sells. Hannah’s eyes lit up and she said, ‘I can get ALL of THEM?!” I smiled and said, let’s pick out 20 cards. Being four, that was so many for her little mind to wrap itself around that she just started picking pretty cards.
Now as a man, card selection for me as has always been swift and efficient. I pick two or three cards, read them to make sure they are appropriate for my wife, and then buy it. I don’t see much need to look through 50 cards to find one. BUT my wife on the other hand won’t just look through 50, she’ll go through every card on the rack. While I would take a few minutes, turns into a half hour. Hannah is so much like her mom in this regard. Her first point of selection was the design on the outside of the card. Then she wanted to HEAR what it said. She can’t yet read, but she knows she wants to say something special. I decided to just sit down in the middle of the aisle in Walmart and read Hannah every single Easter Card from Hallmark.
We end up with 20 different cards that we are going to ‘shower’ on Nanny. Each day of the month of April, until Easter, on April 20th, we are going to send a different card to Nanny. The great thing about doing card showers is that it means so much to both parties. Hannah is so excited about surprising Nanny she could hardly wait to say something. We got home and started writing out the cards and addressing them. Now we are just taking Hannah out to the mailbox each day and sending them off. It teaches her to think of others and their feelings. How can I make someone smile today? That’s what I want her to learn.
Hallmark is always the brand I choose when I send a card. There is just something special about the receiving a Hallmark card. You see the embossed logo on the card; it means something. I strongly recommend checking out the Hallmark Easter Value Greeting Cards at Walmart. They cost around $1. With the cost of a stamp, it would only cost you 149 pennies to brighten someone’s day. This Easter remember the meaning of the season. Think about someone in your family that could use a smile and send one with Hallmark. Don’t’ forget the great perks that Hallmark offers through the Hallmark Card Rewards Program! For every 5 cards you buy, you’ll earn a reward!
As for me, I spent $21.60 with tax for the cards and another $9.80 for the stamps and a few hours bonding with my four year old, instilling a virtue of kindness.
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