December 19, 2015
When was the last time you wrote a note for someone’s birthday or a letter to acknowledge a good turn? And, please don’t count Facebook likes and retweets as an expression of love.
Well, now’s a good time to start. It’s a lovely Saturday morning, and what better thing to do than dredge your memory a bit and remember people who made a difference in your life? A small note will go a long way in making people feel wanted and loved.
Start with your immediate family. Did your mother cook something you love and have it delivered to your office or school? Was that a sweet surprise at lunch? Then, it is time to put pen to paper. Become a child, doodle using crayons, colour pencils and more…The result? A lovely looking card that your mother will count among her most precious possessions.
You can even go one level up and design your own cards with professional help. A readymade greeting card is nice, but it is never personalized. When you make your own card, the person it is intended for knows it was made especially for him/her. A lot of DTP centres in Coimbatore offer this service. All you have to do is carry along photos you want to include in the card and some written material. The designer works his magic and you have a card that is like none other. It is, of course, more expensive than readymade cards, but then, some things are beyond price.
A lot of college students and young professionals go in for these cards now. They conspire and source unflattering baby pictures of their now-stud buddy, get a hilarious collage made, and shock-surprise him on his birthday.
These personalized cards are also a great way to tell someone what they exactly mean to you, and in your words.
If you’re confident enough of your bond with words, try writing a poem. Initially, start by putting together sentences that rhyme. Example: “He can love fiercely. He can get wild/But, with the grandkids, he’s just a child.” Or “When people see ice-cream, they start to drool/And say, ‘I used to eat it while studying in school’.”
Later, try abstract verse. Write about a person’s voice, their gait, how they make you feel. As you write, imagine their face/you’ll create a verse that will make their heart feel as light as lace!