Monday, December 14, 2015

Please Pass THE CARD...

Please pass THE CARD.
Happy Birthday, TK. Love Dot

It's not about the presents.
It's not about the birthday.
It's really not about the person (well maybe a little).
It's all about THE CARD.
Everyone in our family knows about THE CARD.
It's just a simple birthday CARD.
But, it is almost sacred.
I'm pretty sure one family member purchased a safe, to accomondate  THE CARD.
And I'm thinking that this person also made a copy of THE CARD, in case of a fire.
Our funny family tradition started in 2006.
Oh the stories and near catastrophes of misplacing  THE CARD.
There are currently10 adults involved in this exchange. You'd think it wouldn't be so difficult to keep up with THE CARD. HA! We celebrate birthdays in February, March, April, May, July, August, and December.
You'd think that we would no longer be surprised when it was our turn to receive the CARD. HA!

The following was written by Lauren, our youngest daughter, August 6, 2009 (3 years after the tradition began):

The CARD:  A Family Tradition
Anyone in my immediate family knows about the card. However, for those of you who don't, this is the story of the card.
This new "family tradition" started about 3 years ago around my mom's birthday. My dad's mom gave my mom a simple pretty birthday card for her birthday. Apparently, my dad hadn't gotten mom a birthday card yet, so he just took the card that my grandmother had given to my mom, crossed out my grandmothers' note and signature, and signed his own note and name and simply "recycled" the card. From then on, whenever anyone from my family has a birthday, they have the pleasure of receiving the card. It is then their responsibility to keep the card until the next person's birthday and then pass the card onto the next person. And thus, the tradition of the card was born.
This year marked the 3rd time that I have given the card to my mom as my birthday is before hers. The card lived on our refrigerator from May through July and it is now time to part with the card yet again. As I put the second paper insert into the card because we have once again run out of room to write, it is really neat to look at where the card has been and the birthday notes that are written within it. Hopefully tradition of the card will continue for many years to come. And God help the person who misplaces it.

December is a busy month. We have 3 members who have birthdays this month....Walter (Dec8th), Stephanie (Dec12th), and Andrew(Dec 16th). 
THE CARD is now in route to the last recipient for December. While we appreciate all of the lovely Christmas cards this time of year, heaven help the post master general, if this thing is lost.

It's all about THE CARD, you know!

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