Getting Real With Wanda Morrissey
Look out Hallmark, here come the Morrisseys. Well, not really, but we do like to write poems in cards. It’s a tradition that I picked up when I met my husband. He would always write a silly little poem in the cards he gave at special occasions and it wasn’t long before I started doing it, too. The first poem I wrote was for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and it went something like:Whether you’re pink Or whether you’re blue A little niece Or a little nephew This gift is just for you.
It was my first attempt but it made my sister-in-law cry and seven years later she still has that poem. Since that first poem, I’ve wrote and co-wrote a lot more for showers, birthdays and other special events. And now I’ve got my toddler in on the action, when one of his cousins has a birthday, the poem in the card is always wrote from his point of view. The latest poem was for his cousin’s (the same girl my first poem was wrote for) seventh birthday. He wrote:Happy Birthday to my cousin Who today is turning seven Mom and Dad say you’re growing too fast But I bet you’re having a blast Jordyn, I just want to say Today is your special day So, c’mon, let’s go play!
I know I’m never going to win any literary awards for my attempts at poetry but the joy my family gets from these poems is award enough for me. My family really enjoys them, they look forward to reading them and I think they value them more than the gift they’re attached to.
What kind of traditions does your family share?
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