A few years ago I read an article in The New York Times about empathy cards created by Emily McDowell that really focus on the reality of living with a series, chronic illness.
For instance, one card reads:
Crying in Public
Crying Alone While Watching TV
Crying at Work
Crying While You’re a Little Drunk
I love you.
I thought it would be fun for us to create expressions on cards, using holidays and specials days as our inspiration.
For our first card, let’s create sayings for cards you would love to receive for Thanksgiving. For example, you may like to receive a card that reads:
Wishing you a day during which you can be thankful that the turkey you eat isn’t that one family member you’d love to serve on a platter.
Happy Thanksgiving! In other words, Happy Grit-Your-Teeth Day, that wonderful holiday during which your family watches you do all the work.
(For more inspiration, check out the expressions we created a few years ago for a family caregiver’s Hallmark card.)