Today is Jay’s and my (dating) five-year anniversary. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been together for such a statistically significant portion of our lives, and it’s exciting. In the spirit of celebrating and moving out of our apartment, last night we decided to read and sort through our collection of birthday, anniversary and wedding cards from the past three years and recycle the ones that didn’t ‘make the cut’.
There were some nice surprises in the pile, such as an un-cashed check(!) that will be whisked to the bank later today. There were also some funny notes including the following wedding card: “Amy and Yair, I’d like to say I’m sorry that I won’t be able to attend your wedding, but I’m not really sorry because I’m taking the whole family to Hawaii. Enjoy the wedding, and we’ll be enjoying ourselves too!”
And now our top ten insights from the card-filled evening:
- The personal written message on the card is all that actually matters. (We skipped over the majority of the printed text.)
- People think that giving a check is an excuse not to write a real message on the card. Each tall, thin card with a pocket for the check had – at most – a scribbled “Congratulations!” or “Mazal Tov!” followed by someone’s name.
- It seems like every wedding or special occasion must generate five pounds of recycling. Good news for the industry, bad news for the environment.
- Receiving a late anything is such a nice surprise because it’s unexpected. If you can trust yourself to remember, send a gift one to three months late and it might just make the person’s/couple’s day.
- The people you care about will change. Reading through the cards, it was fascinating to see who we’ve lost touch with but more interestingly how many Riverdale people I didn’t know at the time of the wedding that are now friends of ours.
- Invariably, most of the people who gifted us kitchen items made a comment in the card about my cooking and getting practice in the kitchen. As of this post, Jay is still our family’s chef.
- Weddings are an interesting place to recruit clientele. We read cards from family friends who in their professional lives are marriage counselors. They’re lovely people who wrote very sweet messages, but we joked that they should slip their business card into envelopes ‘just in case’. A little extra business never hurt, right?
- The same people are always late. We have three years’ worth of birthday and anniversary cards from my wonderful and loving aunt. In the first line of each card, she apologizes for her lateness. I’m not overly concerned about punctuality, but it’s amusing to see that old habits really do die hard. 🙂
- On the anniversary cards from my parents, the printed text reads: To Our Daughter and “Son”. On Jay’s birthday card from my parents, the printed text reads: To Our “Son”. Jay ribbed my parents about it on his birthday last winter addressing them as “Mom” and “Dad” (with air quotes), but it seems like he’ll have more fodder for teasing now that we’ve detected a pattern.
- Don’t expect octogenarians to change. My darling Oma has spelled Yair’s name the same wrong way for the past five years. I’m not sure if we ever corrected her, but at this point we kind of like it.
Happy Memorial Day, and enjoy your barbecues and celebrations!
posted by amybetho