So some of you have been the recipients of cards that I’ve purchased from this card company called Cardthartic. I first stumbled on their cards in Montana and then discovered I could order an array of different cards for different occasions from their online site. Every order you receive comes with a cute thank you card and usually a free magnet from the owner who signs her name: “Your Fairy Cardmother.” (OK, I’m sure it’s not the owner who sends it, but they make you feel like she did!)
What a clever woman and company!
She also sends out periodic emails. So, just yesterday I received one that had this card on the top of it:
And her email went on to say the following:
We know it will take way more than one well-meaning greeting card to unite this nation but, cardies, it’s a start!
In an email yesterday morning, my friend Susan Lyon expressed exactly what I was feeling. “My heart is sad post-debate,” she wrote. “I woke feeling tired of the ugly descent to behavioral lows I am seeing on our national stage. I hope this finds you writing your big heart out, creating new cards with diligence, delight, determination and a desire to lift up our weary souls.”
Susan’s positive ending reminded me of how Sunday’s final debate question was such a breath of fresh air in that tension-filled room. Town Hall participant Karl Becker had asked the candidates, “Regardless of the current rhetoric, can you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?”
FYI, when she saw this USA card featured last week, cardie and inspiring patriot Amy Murray ordered 40 and, at checkout in the Order Comments box, graciously added, “I traditionally send friends and family a card to remind them to vote. This year’s campaign has been so toxic that I was struggling with what to send. Of course, Cardthartic has just the right message. Bravo! And be sure to vote!”
I myself had mailed the USA card to my 92-year-young friend and neighbor Hannlis last week and received a call minutes after the mailman had successfully waded through her Hillary yard signs. “Just calling to say I feel the same way about you!” she enthused. “Thank you, thank you for the card.” And I know who will receive my next two: Conservatives who have never held my liberalism against me! 🙂 Jack Kraft and Randy Moore may lean as far right as I do left, but our fondness for each other has only grown over the years. I would go so far as to say — were it not for these two — Cardthartic would not be today. Both successful business owners and investors, they helped back Cardthartic, and have continued to have my back for two decades.
I’ll never forget what fiscally conservative Jack wrote on the memo line of his investment check: “Spend it wisely and well.” And more protective than I could ever learn to be, it was Randy who early on proposed and then personally secured a line of credit for Cardthartic. “Let’s give you and your staff this sense of security for a rainy day.” While they both could have played on my “I’m so not a numbers person” insecurities, instead they would say, “But this company is nothing without your creativity!” Well aware of our differences, these gracious men not only helped this woman business owner feel that I have a respected place at the table, they’ve made a point of proudly reminding me that it’s my being at the table that has put food on many others’.
Hehe, Jack once stayed in my place while I was away, and I returned to find my television had been tuned to Fox News. I sent him a teasing text that read, “Really?! I didn’t even know my TV got Fox.” and immediately came his quick-witted reply, “Sorry. Before I left, I tried switching it back to CNN, but your set cried out, ‘No! No! Please let me remain fair and balanced!’”
So if I’m Dem to the core and yet could not love and admire these Republicans more, how have we bridged our philosophical divide? Regardless of our rhetoric (and there have been times! 🙂 we’ve never lost sight of all the good in one another, and how it’s our combined differences that make us a better whole. I hope you are fortunate enough to have your own Jack and Randy, and that you’ll use this undebatable opportunity to acknowledge them and any other compatriots you choose. Thank you for considering!
~ jodee stevens
founder & creative director
Oh, by the way, she also put a direct link in the email to be able to acquire two free American flag cards like you see at the top of the page. Yes, I did send for mine…but I just want everyone to know that the sentiment applies to all of you regardless of whether you get the physical card in the mail or not. If you love this one, you should see the others. Here’s their website (and no, I don’t get any royalties from sales–darn!): www.cardthartic.com
Now for my soapbox: Celebrate each other and our differences. Be respectful and kind. Don’t give up your passionate views, AND don’t hate others whose views are equally passionate in the other direction. It’s a “grace-filled” way to be. God Bless the United States of America.