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I have been a part of Poetry Soup since 2009, and have made wonderful friendships, and been inspired beyond what I had could have ever imagined .  As a novice poet when I first joined up, I have learned so much, thanks to all of you.  Thank you for the many gifts of poetry, challenges, and inspirations.  But especially for the friendship and encouragement offered here. Thank you all, very much !


Blog Posted:5/24/2010 8:29:00 AM
First of all, my thanks to my Soup friends for the birthday greetings of last week...bringing a little extra sunshine to my day! Thank you all!!! I thought I'd share this little family story (all true) of "The Birthday Card". It started years ago, when I was very young, my big brother (my only sibling) gave me a silly, rather ridiculous, birthday card. We have always been a goof-ball I saved the card and sent the same one back to him on his birthday, and just joked that I was saving my $$ and it was cheaper than buying a new one!...Well, lo and birthday he sent the same card back to me the next year. Well...on this went...we both got married, and soon our spouses were included, and would receive this same card. Each time sent, we would take turns, and insert a message, little snippets of the year's events...marriages, birth of our children, funny stories, trips we took ..some together, some that changed our lives, and a lot of silly little poems, ribbing each other about family or getting older!! . For over 45 years...this same card has been back and forth through the mail. The first postage was a 4 cent it takes a big fat manila envelope and costs a few bucks to mail...but holds a wealth of memories, love and history of our two families. One day a reporter from the Sacramento Bee got wind of this...and we have been featured in a couple of big newspapers for our long, lasting affair with a tattered, falling apart birthday greeting.... Yes we are a goofy family...between my big brother and my own family we grew in numbers....there are now a total 26 of us when we all get together to celebrate a 2nd Christmas ......EACH JULY ! Love can come in an envelope....and the postage is well worth it!! :)
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  1. Date: 5/25/2010 8:56:00 PM
    That is a real heart felt story Carrie , it sounds like you have a very special family.Blessing to you and each one of your loved ones ~Your friend Rick

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 10:49:00 PM
    A really cool story, Carrie!! Your family sounds as great as mine! LUv, andrea

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 9:48:00 PM
    I love this story! Thanks for sharing. Joe

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 4:46:00 PM
    Dear Joyce....what a tender story....I hope when you look at that card, it brings happy memories, without the sad ones. God Bless...

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 3:46:00 PM
    A lovely tradition between you and your brother. I know that old card holds more love than any new beautiful card you could buy. My late son and I had something of the same going on. One birthday I had purchaseds an especially beautiful and sentimental card for his birthday. After he had taken his gifts and gone home, I found the card he had missed taking with him. I caefully put it away and the next year I gave him the same card and told him what had happened. He was delighted and said he wanted me to keep it and give it to him every year. I did and I still have the card which he missed getting for the umpteenth time by a mere ten days. He died ten days before his birthday. Love, Joyce

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 2:25:00 PM
    A wonderful story of family love.. you could write a poem about this...

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 12:59:00 PM
    that is a precious and unique tradition Carrie! hope it keeps up as each generation to come will have more and more to treasure. it may end up costing to mail - but worth it in my opinion! see what a great sense of humor can do? : )) xoxo

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 12:58:00 PM
    Awesome story Carrie and so unique to treasure this card... never heard something so beautiful.. there is no price..u are right...on this kind of memory to continue through the years... may many more birthdays evolve as years pass and u enjoy... luv.. Linda-Marie..

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 11:18:00 AM
    What a wonderful story, Carrie!!

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 9:39:00 AM
    Hi Carrie. It sounds like you have a fun family. I myself have one sister and three brothers and my mom is still here. It is great to belong to a big family. I love the story of the card and I believe I did hear something in the new of this a while back. A great story. God Bless Phyl

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 9:34:00 AM
    Carrie , no wonder the price of Hallmark stock has fallen !!!!! . Great piece and long may the happy days roll for you and yours ....

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  1. Date: 5/24/2010 9:20:00 AM
    That is so sweet, Carrie. You sound like a fun bunch! I get to see my three sisters in two weeks. I am about through the roof, I am so happy, the time just can't get here fast enough. love and hugs, Catie :)

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