We started out as friends. There were a handful of us who would hang out together, a group of young adults trying to make it in the world, uncertain of anything except for the fact that the world was our oyster. Slowly, those around us faded and we found ourselves spending time alone together, you know, as “friends” often do. Little note cards would be exchanged, at first as simple platonic gestures of good wishes, whether it was for safe travels or good luck on an exam. As our relationship developed, so did the written notes, focusing not exclusively on me or him, but us. Those words on the cards became road signs indicating that we were both headed in the same direction.
Then he went abroad to spend a few months in Korea to reconnect with family and to learn our parents’ native tongue. We were in the beginning of our relationship so I didn’t know what to expect from the distance that would separate us. Words continued to sustain us at that point more than ever before. I still remember the eager anticipation with which I would wait for his letters. Phone conversations were few and far between so those written words became the building blocks to our growing relationship.
So even now, as husband and wife in a family of five, we may not always exchange gifts on special occasions but we always make sure to exchange cards because, at least to me, there is nothing more heartwarming than kind and sweet words carefully etched on a piece of paper that I can go back to and read time and time again, as a reminder of how far we’ve come. I still have all of our exchanged notes, cards and letters in a keepsake box. I know, so sentimental.
Today marks 13 years of our journey together. The day our friendship became a lifelong commitment with the words, “I do.” To celebrate this special occasion, I thought of many different things I could get for him. Material gifts are nice, I for one love getting them, but they just don’t seem personal enough for the occasion. I thought of perhaps a crafty scrapbook of memories, but who am I kidding, I’m no Martha Stewart. I thought of a poem possibly, since he had written me a song with the girls once for Mother’s Day. I love writing but poems are not my thing. Then I thought of Treat, the new greeting cards website by Shutterfly. Instead of going to the drugstore to pick out a generic card, like I usually do, I thought it would be special to create a personalized card specifically for this occasion. For me, written words can express what’s in my heart better than any of my verbal articulations ever could. My gift will be my words, and in them, a piece of my heart.
On her: Bernardo leather jacket (similar here and here) | BCBGeneration pullover | J Brand jeans (similar) | Vans slip-ons (also here) | F21 scarf (similar here and here)
On him: J.Crew shirt | BR cardigan (similar here and here) | Gap jeans | Nike shoes (similar)
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