I got my daily chuckle while card shopping at Target (tar-JAY') this morning. As always, I went into Target for a couple of things and emerged with 10 times the number of things for which I had been hunting.
One detour was the cards section. As I passed, I thought: "ooh. I should get a card for my nephew's graduation, and my friend's graduation from design school... and oh look at all these Father's Day cards - better get those done, too..." etc., etc. There is almost nothing more pleasurable, indeed, than having time to card shop without little kids (or big kids... or even husbands) in tow. Card shopping all alone, with plenty of time to pick up and enjoy (or frown at) each card is so delightful, particularly when one has a cup of coffee in hand. Oy. I can remember days shopping with the boys as toddlers, when they felt the urge to pick up EVERY SINGLE card, hand it to me while I was trying to decide if the card I was already reading said the perfect thing: "How about THIS ONE, Mom?!"
As I began to peruse the Father's Day cards (and there are SO MANY variations one needs: kids to Dad, kids to grandfathers, husbands to Dad - don't we all get our husbands cards for their families? - wife to husband... all for a hallmark holiday), a nice lady next to me said: "you know, I really shouldn't be card shopping for Father's Day when I'm mad with my husband."
"I just picked up a card," she explained, "that went on about how helpful he is... and I was like. whatever."
I recommended that she delay the card shopping until he was out of the dog house, hoping that that could soon be the case.
"Yeah," she agreed. "I think I'll go to the section of the store with cleaning supplies to buy something for what I DO and he DOESN'T..."
yikes. Hope he gets out soon. It's a good thing that all cards are friendly. Suppose they sold cards like: "Most of the time you really get on my nerves, but Happy Father's Day." Or "I might be wishing you a Happy Father's Day if you contributed to parenting around the house at all..." Or "Happy Freakin' Father's Day." This might be material for another blog, actually...
Let that be a lesson to all of us; don't go card shopping ill-humoredly. It just can't yield good results...