When I receive cards for any occasion, I keep them displayed on the fireplace mantel for a little while, and then throw them away. It's not very often I will actually keep them. I may have about 5 that I have hidden away somewhere.
I have one friend, in particular, who my card routine really bothers. She has actually just about stopped sending or giving me cards altogether. And when she does, it's always with this disclaimer, "I know you're just going to throw it out anyway!!" I guess my question is - curiously, what do you do with all your cards? I suppose I'm not too sentimental with stuff, but I care a great deal. I guess it might be confusing, because heartfelt words mean more to me than gifts, but once I read them, I store them in my heart...and then throw them ; )
I can see it now..."mental note - never get that girl a card again!"
I just don't like to keep extra 'stuff' around the house, so we are always going through and putting together bags for Goodwill. There is one bag though, off in a corner, which is an exception. It contains all of the cards and well wishes we received while Aviana was in the hospital. I have always seen it, but have never been able to actually go through it since I was numb and confined to those walls. That is until today.
I read every single card, every word, and looked at every drawing.
To everyone who might still be reading - thank you so much for taking the time to surround our family at the absolute worst time of our lives. I will never be able to express how much needed your love was and is!