I was card shopping yesterday - on the internet. You have no idea (or maybe you do) how difficult it is to search for a particular card on line. I was looking for one of these - though I never found the exact one I wanted. I did find some to show you.


Isn't that a comforting thought? Not a Christmas card, but a wonderful sentiment.


While I appreciate the beauty of this one, for some reason I was struck by the idea of writing: have a nice life inside it and sending it to someone I'd prefer not to see again. (Which is not me at all - I'm never mean spirited that way.)

And then, while still feeling a little mean, I saw this one -


and wanted, quickly, to send it to each of my boys.


I don't think I'd send my boys this one - I don't need any surprises. But I do have some friends who could stand to shake things up a bit.


And I know some people who could use some reassurance.

Someone could send this one to me:


while I try to remember this:


which I do believe to be true.


I love this last one. If you are to shy to "blackbird"* someone you could always send one of these.

These cards and many many others are available here.
I? Am still hunting.

*one of my readers referred to my habit of complimenting strangers on their wardrobes as blackbirding.


KPB said…
OK, so I'm snarky today and sat through my child's end of year concert thinking the whole thing was L.A.M.E.-O (except him of course) and normally I LOVE these sorts of cards.

But today? Maybe because my period is looming, the Christmas tree is still not up and I've wanted it so for WEEKS and I'm not losing any weight, I sneer with derision at them all.

Sad isn't it.

(and you know how I Blackbirded someone the other week and we had a lovely chat, I did the same again yesterday at the shopping centre, complimenting a woman on her blouse, and she said a very gracious thank you, but all it did was make me feel dowdy and desperate. Sniff)
Anonymous said…
I did not know you could card shop online!
RW said…
I love card shopping.
smalltownme said…
I'm mentally sending you a card right now.

"Blackbirding." I like it!
The Tutugirl said…
I may need to buy some of those and frame them :)
Anonymous said…
My favorite card at that site said, "May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart." -Eskimo proverb. Maybe it is because I live in the Great Frozen North.

Blackbirding: it's the new Random Act of Kindness.
barbra said…
I like them all, but the first one really struck me. Wow.
Anonymous said…
I love tutugirl's idea.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the link...I struggle to find exactly the right card SO often. "Blackbirding." That's a nice way to put it.
Anonymous said…
I quasi-blackbirded someone awhile ago who looked so much like Penelope Cruz I decided to tell her. I got as far as, "You look so much like.." when she gave me the hand and said, "Yeah, I know. Penelope Cruz."

I'm wondering how many times I'd have to hear I looked like Penelope Cruz before it got old...
Anonymous said…
I blackbirded someone on the bus the other day and it made her miss her stop because we got into talking about how her sister sends her cool tights from Europe.

If you are ever feeling a bit mean or snarky, or just need a good laugh, check out

Duyvken said…
I love the last one! I hope you find the card you're looking for.
Stomper Girl said…
I like Be Gentle with Yourself, I often think (and say) that.
Stomper Girl said…
New verb:

I will blackbird
I am blackbirding
I have blackbirded
That one that says You Are A Child Of The Universe...I had a poster of that poem in my room when I was a Hippy-Dippy Teenager in the 70's.
BabelBabe said…
I too am enjoying conjugating the new verb: "I will have blackbirded..."

and you are TOO meanspirited that way sometimes! And that is why I love hanging out with you : )

and hey, bb? I am sure everything is happening for a reason (and no, I am NOT managing that with a straight face...)

BabelBabe said…
i meant,"You are indeed meanspirited..." not too as in too much...inflection is everything...oh never mind, you are sweetness and light.
Anonymous said…
Best cards ever on Etsy--Hate Mail.
Mary said…
I am a little bit with Kim on this.

I would go with the PMT theory myself.

I will look at your link tomorrow and be much more chilled about them.
Mary said…
Right - I felt so meanspirited by my last comment that I went and checked out the quotes via your link.

I loved this

"Barn has burnt down. Now I can see the moon."