I found myself at Target this afternoon buying “thank you” cards. And not just any thank you cards: thank you cards that can be sent from my dad to his friends as a sort of final thank you for all they’ve done for him.
Believe it or not, Hallmark doesn’t really have a card exactly for that.
In fact, most of the thank you cards are sort of light and fluffy. Nothing with the seriousness and weight deserved by a card being sent on such an occasion.
This all started this morning when my dad told me he wanted to get some things down on paper, so I grabbed a notebook and pen and sat down to dictate. It took him 15-20 minutes to get out that he wanted to send thank you cards (which he mistakenly called sympathy cards at first before correcting himself) and listed the people to whom he wanted to send them. I told him I’d get the cards and help him write the message and he could sign them, and that was that. So what else did he want to get down on paper? He was silent for a really long time, and I kept prodding and prompting him for what else, and finally I suggested we come back to it after he rested for a bit, and he nodded.
I got the cards. I have no idea how we’re going to manage to put a message together for all these people. I’m going to have to fill in the blanks, I imagine.
No one said this would be easy.