At the check-out in Barnes and Nobel the other day, I noticed a basket full of packages of small business-card sized cards called "Mom Cares" (or something like that). It was a collection of about 20 or so cards to drop into your kid's lunch box or lunch sack to let them know them know Mom loved them and was thinking about them.
It's a pretty neat idea--but one that my Mom had years ago. Growing up, I first took a lunchbox and then later a brown bag lunch to school. I'm not sure exactly when it started, but every once in a while, my mom would slip in a little card she'd ordered from Current telling us she was thinking about me and that she loved me. I don't think the cards in question were specifically designed for this purpose--and if we'd only known they'd be selling as such today we could have patented the idea and made a small fortune. (It's always so easy to say things like this after the fact...I recall when the heat-shields came out for cars, kicking myself for not thinking that what people would want was collapseable carboard pieces with sunglasses on them to keep the car cooler during the summer heat.)
Seeing the cards reminded me of those little notes from my mom. It also got me thinking about how those little cards would come along at just the right time. I recall a few times in junior high and high school having just one of those days where it seemed everything was going wrong. And getting that little card was a nice moment for me and reminded me that someone loved me and cared about me--even if whatever piece of teenage drama currently unfolding was happening.
I know this weekend is Mother's Day and that we'll all be celebrating our mothers. But in that moment, I was reminded again of what a cool mom I am blessed to have...
And to start writing down things like these cards and the sun visor that I need to patent and make my fortune off...
posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/07/2009 07:59:00 PM