Simple Words (Giveaway)
Not long ago, my daughter was messing around in a pile of my paperwork.
She handed me a card I received several years ago from a young woman I once wrote a newspaper story about. It was like getting the beautiful card twice.
It was sent by a woman named Shellie. When we met a decade ago, she was a spoken word artist, a writer, a seeker, a reformed wild child and a survivor of abuse, with a bold message of redemption, faith and true self love.
The card Shellie sent me a while back was a Thank You for inspiring her writing so many years ago. It was thoughtful and touching, especially because in the years I have known her, she has become a prolific writer, a published book author and powerful speaker. It was humbling to think that anything I ever could have said, or done, helped propel her. Her energy and passion and devotion really are awe-inspiring.
Her note stands among one of the most genuine Thank Yous I ever have received. I was, and am, grateful for it. For her.
Most of the time, these last few years, Shellie gets on me for not keeping in touch well. So, to make up for my lame excuses and absence, I sent her a Thank You note. It was my turn to shine a light and tell someone, rather out-of-the-blue, how much she means to me.
The push was the Get Carded Challenge from Hallmark — for seven days, send a card a day to someone for no reason other than to reconnect, to honor a relationship. Beautiful, I thought, because really, don’t we all want to be that person who sends a thoughtful note — and not just via a Wall post or text?
Shellie — honest and true and fabulous — was the first person who came to mind.
The others I have sent notes to have ranged from my awesome neighbor, with whom my family shares potlucks and playdates; to a young woman I seen grow from a little 5-year-old to a brand new doctor; to my friend, Roxana, whom I met online and have seen only a few times in person. The last time Roxana and I saw each other was a couple of months ago in Denver, where she lives and where I was vacationing.
I wanted to tell Roxana, who co-founded the popular site Spanglish Baby, with complete certainty that I sure as heck wish we could hang out more often. I love her brains, her passion and her funny. Last year at the Blogher conference in New York City, we made a Superhero “movie” at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. It was silly and fun, and sealed my everlasting love of her.
See, wouldn’t you want to tell people in your life, like these in mine, how much they mean to you, too?
So, whom do you need to connect with, to brighten, today through just a simple Hola, Amiga or Thank You?
*****Update: Contest Closed. Winners have been selected.
10 Tiki Tiki readers will receive a Hallmark gift pack containing 14 different cards, some of which are in Spanish.
- To enter: Leave a comment here and tell me about someone you want to send a special “just because” card and why.
- Deadline: Midnight, CST Wednesday, July 27.
- Winners will be selected at random.
- Winners must have a U.S. address.
Additionally, you can head over to Hallmark’s Life is a Special Occasion Facebook page to enter to win $5,000 and other prizes in their “______ is a Special Occasion” contest. Note, entries close Aug. 1.
Disclosure: This essay is part of a series sponsored by Hallmark’s “Life is a Special Occasion.” Opinions and editorial content expressed are my own.