22 May 2011

perpetual birthday card

only buy birthday cards that make me laugh. and twenty-five years ago, this one made me laugh out loud! after reading the cover message You look younger every year! i opened the card and read,
Yours truly, 
   Pinocchio
i still think it's one of the funniest birthday cards i've ever read! 

back then, i bought this card and sent it to a good friend on the occasion of a landmark birthday. i thought the card so hysterical that i signed it with a post-it note so she could pass it on to someone else. she passed it on, all right - right back to me on my birthday a few months later! for almost eight years, we sent this card back and forth, adding messages about our respective ages and often a note hinting at a major life change. in 1995, i searched for the card and couldn't find it. but it turned up again nine years later and i gleefully sent it back. then my friend lost it for seven years. and now, i'm delighted to see it again, in my mailbox on my birthday weekend, with yet another post-it note sentiment. twenty-five years ago, we joked that we might keep this card traveling between us until one of us reaches 100. i think we may do just that!

9 comments:

Deepthi Pola said...

That's such a cute idea.. Will try

AL SMITH said...

What an ingenious way of celebrating your friendship.

Lynne said...

What a wonderful story; I've never heard of anyone doing that before and it's so sweet.

Ms.C said...

What a great idea!

~she~ said...

I love that story! It makes it even more awesome that it was lost for years at a time! My parents have an item that they hide for each other to randomly discover. My mom even sent it all the way to Canada on a fishing trip with one of my dad's fishing buddies. She hasn't seen it now for years. But he'll make sure it turns up someplace very special.

Ira S. said...

A great story. Unique greeting cards are amazing, and especially one that is the gift that keeps on giving!!

I also develop my own unique greeting cards to both grow my business and in my personal life. You are so right, when you find one that keeps bringing out the right emotion, don't give it up.

Ira S. said...

That is fantastic. Congratulation on such a celebration of friendship.

You are so right. I develop my own greeting cards that I use both to grow my business and in my personal life. I know what you mean, that, when you find just the right one, it is amazing.

Thank you for sharing.

Nellie Dee said...

What a delightful story and post. Thanks for sharing that. I might just have to try it.

Star said...

Great post, great idea. (Somewhere, in the post-move stored boxes, is a card so funny to me that I bought it for myself: THE BOSTON POPS making various comments, one of which portentous: ART HISTORY, SO YOU WANNA EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THAT'S GONNA PAY THE BILLS?)