To Card Or Not To Card

Your teeth are like stars… they come out at night.

Your lips are so sweet… because you eat candy like a slob. 

Those are two of my favorite verses from Valentine’s Day cards I received when I was in grade school. Ah…, young love! Since then I’ve received many more Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversary, and birthday cards. Over the years, I’ve saved my favorites and so has my husband. We have so many cards we could open our own used card store. What should we do? Stop buying cards? Take a look at our wild and crazy solutions.

The Card Date

This is my favorite. On a Card Date, you and your significant other go to a card store on or before the special day you would normally give a card. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I’ll use that as an example. Once you’re in a card store, go to the Valentine display and separately browse through the cards. When you’ve found the perfect card for your loved one, come together and exchange them. Read your cards. Laugh, cry, or lovingly sigh. Then give one another a big hug or kiss. Afterwards, return the cards to their proper places. Card Date over. It’s simple, cheap, and fun. Try it. You’ll like it!

Recarding

This is another way of exchanging cards without spending money or adding another favorite card to your stash. Go through that box of old, used cards. Find the perfect card for the occasion you’re celebrating. Pick the best of the best that you’ve hidden away for years. Give it with pride and love.  Recarding can save a tree, save a trip to the card store, save a five-dollar bill, and help you purge some belongings!  

Are these solutions crazy? Of course they are! That’s what makes our ideas work. So remember….

 Roses are red violets are blue.

Card Date? Recarding? It’s up to you!

Valentine gifts you can open again and again. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Candlewick, 2008), Valentines Are For Saying I Love You by Margaret Sutherland (Grosset & Dunlap, 2007), Valentine Friends by April Jones Prince (Cartwheel Books, 2007), Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse (Chronicle Books 1st Edition, 1991), Love, Splat by Rob Scotton (HarperCollins, 2008), I Love You More by Laura Duksta (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2007)

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