A Card Worth Saving

by Melanie Edwards on April 24, 2012 · 6 comments

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My mami kept my baby memory book until I found it and took it for myself. I now have it at my house and every so often look through it, reading my mom’s memories, and the cards she saved from when I was born. I asked her why she kept all those cards so many years after I was born and she said she wanted to remember what people wrote and who celebrated the occasion with her.

I also kept cards from when both my children were born, their baby showers, my daughter’s baptism, our wedding, and various other occasions. Over the years, I’ve downsized a bit and have let go of some of those cards, though I’ve kept some. There’s something great about reading special cards long after you received them and remembering the occasion (or non-occasion).

My daughter is going down the same path and loves to keep all the cards she receives, especially those from her abuela, my mom. I imagine one day she’ll do the same as I do and sit down to read her cards reminiscing on what was written in each. In fact, this makes me think that I should give her cards more often; what a great treasure she’ll have when she’s an adult and leading her own life!

Hand-made Card from Daughter Of course, I now save cards from my girl, as well. Cards she made are especially kept because I can remember her face and words from each time she gave me a card. I remember the first card she ever made me – that’s the one pictured here. She couldn’t yet write, but was beginning to draw and could scribble. My baby girl must have been about two years old and was so proud of her get-well card! It’s not a fancy card – my husband added words to her design – but she made it and wanted to help me feel better. So, her card sits on my desk to remind me of that special moment.

Do you have any special cards you’ve saved? I’d love to hear about them!

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1 Liz Thompson April 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

So, so sweet!  I’ve tried to save every card my four children have received over the years and just recently pulled some of them out…okay, I was cleaning the hutch and found a HUGE batch stuffed inside…and, I have to tell you, it was a bittersweet moment.  Touching a card handwritten by my grandmother…priceless.

2 modernmami April 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Oh wow! It’s so hard to let go of these cards, letter, and other mementos! I know it has to be done, because otherwise I’d have bins and bins of memory keepsakes, but it’s hard!

3 Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

They are great! I love to save the cards too! I sometimes wonder if I shouldn’t you know? So much paper! But I can’t throw them away and to see some cards that I did as a kid now for me is always priceless.

4 Ana Flores April 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

My mom had saved boxes of cards I had gotten as a teen and I just went through them during my last trip to El Salvador…oh, the memories! I tend to not keep too many things, but I will definitely keep my girl´s cards! 

5 Cathy Greer July 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

During my 8 month treatment for breast cancer, I received just over 500 cards. I looked forward each and every day to what came in the mail. My teenage son would bring me the mail and say “have fun, Mom”. It was the highlight of each day…no particular card, just cards in general. I loved getting each and every one…they meant so much to me. Cards help lift spirits and cards heal. I hope in this day of social networking, we don’t forget to send cards or hand written notes. 

6 modernmami August 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

Cathy, 500 cards! That is amazing! I’m so glad to hear you had so much love and support. A card can do so much. 🙂

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