I love it when I go to the mailbox, and find a card waiting for me - birthday cards, thinking of you cards, good luck cards, "I love you" cards, funny cards, or any other kind of card. It makes for a great day. Even better is being able to send a card that is perfect to someone I love. So even though Katarina is my daughter, and lives with me every day, I still get her cards. Sometimes just for fun, and always when it is her birthday. They don't arrive in the mailbox, but she still loves them. And she gives me cards, too. It is our thing.
Saturday was Katarina's birthday. 11 years old.
A couple of weeks ago I asked her if she had a birthday list. "Nope," she responded, "It would be awesome to go see Guardians Of The Galaxy on opening night, since it comes out the day before my birthday. Or we could just do something fun on my birthday. I also like sleeping in."
"What about presents? Is there anything special you want?" I asked. I have to ask this, because this kid seriously never asks for anything. It makes it hard to shop for her.
I can't say I was surprised by her answer. I'm pretty sure I asked for books when I turned 11 (and every other birthday), too. So, with that in mind, I went shopping for books and the perfect birthday card.
The card section has come a long way since I was a kid. There were three aisles of cards at the Wal-Mart I visited, with a whole aisle dedicated to kids cards. Not just plain kids cards, either, neat cards with fancy extras. I almost picked up this Avengers card. It folds out into a glow in the dark poster, which is awesome, and I know Katarina would have loved it.
But then I saw something even more perfect:
A Divergent card that turns into a jumbo poster.
Be brave. Be bold. Be who you are.
It fit with the bookish theme of Katarina's birthday, and also had a great message. As she gets older, that is exactly what I want for Katarina - braveness, boldness, and the courage to be exactly who she is.
Even with a heavy course load for school last year, she found the time to read more than 112 books. That is amazing to me, and something worth celebrating. I want to always enable and encourage reading, especially books with strong, female characters at the center of the story.
I loved this card, and I could hardly wait to give it to Katarina. I had the camera ready when she opened it, because it isn't every day you get to see someone open a card this big. Plus it probably won't be very many years before she refuses to wear Happy Birthday hats at the park.
As you can see, it was impressive. We weren't prepared for how BIG it would be once it was completely unfolded. Being a lover of details, Katarina noticed the faction symbols on the back of the poster right away.
If you want to be a cool mom, too, you can find kid's poster cards at Wal-Mart. If you sign up for the Hallmark Rewards Program before you go shopping, you will earn rewards for every Hallmark card you purchase. For every 5 cards you buy, you will earn a reward of your choice. It is easy and free to sign up, and a great excuse to send cards to everyone you love.
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*I was compensated for my time. All opinions and love of greeting cards is my own. I was not required to say nice things, or to scare people on the greeting card aisle by jumping up and down when I found the perfect card.