I was reading (in true mommy form) a free magazine that was sent to my home -- flipping through it kinda reading and kinda looking at the pictures. Anyway I saw an ad for women clothing that used an Eleanor Roosevelt quote that I had never read before. The quote was," a woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until she gets in hot water." I liked it so much that it made me pause and reread it. I thought what a great quote. I pulled the ad out of the magazine; I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I knew it was good.
Then a few days later I was chatting with a girlfriend. She was going through a difficult time. As I listened to her story, I could hear the pain in her voice; I could hear the tears in her heart. Yet she was so strong. She had to be for her child. And I thought to myself -- no matter how much pain a mommy is in, when it comes to her baby; she is stronger than she ever thought she could be. Where does that strength come from? And then I thought of the Eleanor Roosevelt quote. I had a use for that quote.
Not an email.
Not a text.
Not a phone call.
A written note sent through the US Postal System.
I took a plain card and used a scrapbooking edge punch to decorate the sides of the card. I taped a tea bag on the outside of the card and stamped the words "Thinking of you" on the card. Then on the inside I wrote Eleanor Roosevelt's beautiful quote and wrote a personal message from me to my girlfriend.
I have to say it turned out as I thought it would; she loved it. My girlfriend said it was a thoughtful and warm gesture; it was the exact message I was trying to convey to her. I highly recommend using this quote and idea for a little note to one of your girlfriends. Or using one of your favorite quotes on a card that you have created; it is the personal touch that I believe means so much more. Any of us can go to Hallmark and buy a card, any of us can text or email a friend to check in on her when she is feeling down. But making a card -- nothing special -- but the act of making something yourself for someone else says,"you are worth my time and energy."