Love Through Cards

I’m a person who likes to express her love, appreciation, gratitude, joy, sorrow, through cards. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by these lovely cards with their beautiful designs and messages.

When we were children, our father worked in Guam, USA. Every special occasion, and especially during our birthdays, he would send pretty cards with his own dedications. My mother compiled them in large albums and every now and then, we kids would open them and look lovingly at the cards our father had thoughtfully written. 

When I was in high school and would get the opportunity to go to different cities to compete in secondary schools press conferences, I’d spend much of my “pocket money” buying cards.

Before entering my 5th and final year in college of engineering, I needed to complete a two-month practicum. Since we lived in a small town in a faraway province where there were no chemical processing plants or factories where I could have my on-the-job training, it was inevitable that I would stay in Manila and have my practicum there the whole summer.

Since this would entail a lot of expenses, and my parents were unable to provide for it, I entered a townwide “popularity contest” where the candidates were to solicit money and during the canvassing, whoever came up with the largest sum won and crowned as Miss [the name of our town] during the town fiesta. A certain percentage was given back to the candidate, and the rest went to the town’s coffers to fund projects. (Back then, this kind of fund-raising was very popular).

Not knowing where to solicit (because our little town was already saturated with the solicitation envelopes), I asked my older sister if I could write to her godmother who lived in the states. (When we were younger, her godmother always sent her birthday and Christmas gifts which always made me envious).

I sent her a card with my carefully-written message. I told her how blessed my sister was for having a godmother like her, always thoughtful and kind. She contacted her mother-in-law who was our next-door neighbor and gave instructions about her generous donation to my candidacy. She also told her mother-in-law how touched she was by my card and said that it was her first time to read a thoughtful message like that.

How easily can we write our love and gratitude on a small piece of card, enclosed that in an envelope and make the recipient glad, encouraged, inspired, loved? 

When I passed the board licensure exams for Chemical Engineering, I sent a card to the two elderly people who welcomed me and let me stay in their home in Manila while I reviewed. Our overflowing gratitude can be put into a card and make the recipient know that her hospitality or act of kindness hasn’t been forgotten.

Even now that I’m over forty, my practice of sending out cards with my loving messages has not waned. In fact, I buy cards by the box now, and I send them out to friends and family near and far. You know, as near as our elderly neighbor across the street :-).

This practice has been picked up by my daughter, but most of the time, she makes her own cards. When I was preparing to go to the hospital to give birth to our second baby, Hannah, then almost seven-years-old, handed me a folder full of her lovingly-crafted cards and insisted that I bring it to the hospital, saying, “So you have something to read and you will remember me.” Imagine the devastation I felt in my heart! Why? Because I still hadn’t fully recovered from my illness by the time I delivered my baby and I was so scared thinking that I might not be able to survive it.    

How about you? Do you have stories of card-giving and the love that’s enclosed in it? You’re welcome to share!

Where I buy my cards:

Linking to Time-warp Wife, Women Living Well, Raising Homemakers, Domestically Divine, Proverbs14verse1

In Christ,

8 comments on “Love Through Cards

  1. Laurie says:

    I love all the pretty cards. I was led to do something I have never done before…with cards. A woman I have known for many years through church recently and suddenly lost her husband in an accident. Although I don’t know her well, I have committed to sending her a card every week for one year, sending personal messages, scriptures even parts of blog posts. I’m not sure why I was led to do that…perhaps just to let her know she is not forgotten.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Dear Laurie,

      Thank you so much for sharing this! I had a lump in my throat while reading it. It’s God’s grace that compels us to do good things to others. He speaks in our hearts in that still small voice so that His love, comfort, and goodness will be seen and shared to others. We’re His vessels. That’s how He’s glorified in our lives. All for His glory!

      I pray that this day find you in God’s loving care.

  2. Susan says:

    Cards are such a wonderful and fun way to express to others how we feel about them. I still love receiving a card in the mail even in this age of e-mail and e-cards. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder to keep sending cards!

  3. Lory says:

    When i was a child i used to send a cards to my classmates teachers and close friends too, but unfortunately I lost interest of giving cards because no one appreciate it.
    Thank you very much for this article because now i realize some people likes it too.♥

  4. Nancy says:

    HI Rina, I love cards, making them, writing special handwriting (fonts) in them, I love the way they smell when they come fresh out of the box. I’ve sent cards all my life, probably since I was around 9 years old. I even received a message in a bottle once and sent a card back to the boy that sent the message to me. It was quite a fascinating experience for me. Right now I don’t have the extra $ to buy cards so I make them with what I can find lying around and whatever is in my craft boxes. I always wanted to own my on greeting card company but since technology is so prevalent, I didn’t know if I could make it a success. Thank you for sharing this story and I love your blog design, I do a lot of web design and development. My blog is here: although my address on this comment will show a, I only use that for stories.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for sharing your love for cards. Like you, I can’t seem to let go of the practice of card-giving and even if I have boxes of them, I still want to add new ones especially when they are in clearance. My almost-11-year-old daughter creates her own cards and I just love them! I think hand-crafted cards are as lovely and sweet as any homemade goodies :). I’ll be visiting you also.

      Have a wonderful day!

  5. Nancy says:

    Thank you for the follow up comment..

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