My birthday was last Sunday. It’s ok if you forgot–odds are I’ll forget yours too. Fortunately for me though, my friends and family didn’t forget, and along with the e-mails, calls, Facebook messages and two sublimely delicious quiches, I got a lot of cards.
I love getting cards. In an age when most of our communication is electronic, it’s nice to have a tangible reminder of someone else’s thoughtfulness. People took the time to pick a card they thought I would like. They wrote cute messages. One even included a generous check (can you guess who?). Most were addressed, stamped (and honestly, when was the last time most of you put an actual stamp on something?), and put in the mailbox. Others were hand-delivered by the well-wishers in person.
All this leads up to the following question…
Can I throw them away now?
What is the appropriate amount of time to keep a birthday card? Will you think less of me if, after a week, I send them to that great recycling container in the sky? Do I have y’all’s permission to pitch them? I’m just not a momento-keeping, scrapbook-gluing kinda gal.
So I’ve decided that the statute of limitations on keeping birthday cards is one week. While we’re at it, let’s say that Christmas cards can be tossed, without guilt, on January 2.
Oh, and I have to show you my fabulous birthday cake, courtesy of friend j9: