Friday, June 21, 2024

Show your friends some love, send a card

Who knew there was a National Send A Friend A Card Day?  Not me!  But I do now and so do you. 

February 7th, a week before Valentine’s Day, is Send A Friend A Card Day.  Not much is known about this unofficial holiday, but it’s a fun way to celebrate friendship with those near or far. Commemorate the occasion by reconnecting with an old friend, telling a current one how much you care about them, and even starting up a friendship with someone new. All it takes is a card and a pen. 

Tell your friends how you feel by sending them a card | Photo: Geoff Peckman

Especially in these pandemic times, our friends, family and colleagues may feel more lonely, disconnected, even underappreciated. Life can get like that sometimes. Sending cards can really show you care and be more impactful than you can imagine. Brightening someone’s day with a greeting card is beneficial to both you and the recipient.  Writing out a card can ease stress, calm the mind, and improve your writing skills. It also allows you to express a sentiment that you may be a bit shy about saying out loud, such as “I miss you,” “thank you for your support” or “our friendship means the world to me.” 

Receiving a card is uplifting and joyful and is a welcome departure from the bills, solicitations and ads most of us get in our mail.  A card can be a wonderful keepsake and reminder that someone out there loves you.  And don’t forget to “fancy up” the envelope with stickers, calligraphy or an unusual stamp. 

Some things you could include in your card:

  • Thank them for something they’ve taught you.
  • Mention a quality about them that you admire.
  • Bring up a fun memory the two of you have shared.
  • Ask a caring question to encourage them to write you back.
Take a break from the screen, send a friend a card | Photo: Geoff Peckman

You can easily email an ecard, but why not send a more personal note in a hand-written card.  In fact, I’d like to recommend Queery’s greeting card line, Queermark, for a beautiful card with a heartfelt sentiment. Their “Many Forms of Love” card is not only playful and empowering, but it can be a testament to the many ways we show love and caring to our closest friends and dearest family members. You can get your cards by making a donation to Queery’s Kickstarter with 50% of proceeds going to TransMission, a scholarship fund to support those who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming & non-binary (TGNCNB) to offset medical, surgical, legal, and/or social transition-related expenses not covered by insurance.  Help out a great cause and get these cool cards as well. 

So what are you waiting for…go ahead and get some cards and start writing them out.  It’s not only a boon to the postal service, but your friends, family and loved ones near and far will appreciate it too. It’s a pretty simple way to put a smile on someone’s face.  And the world can always use more smiles.

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Geoff Peckman

Geoff Peckman is a Graphic Designer and Art Director for Queery. He’s over 40 (way over), gay and uses he/him/his pronouns. His creativity crosses from innovating distinct logos and artwork to writing entertaining and informative articles for the LGBTQ community.

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