My parents were down for a visit yesterday to celebrate Benny Boy’s 4th birthday, and my mom had brought along a little granny gift for Amelia – a beautiful encyclopedia of the ocean and all its wonders. Attached to the gift was this card…….
The opening text says: “Granddaughter, the world has known some very remarkable women, and they all started out as remarkable girls -“ and the card goes on to show Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, and Marie Curie. Each women has her birthdate listed, and a 1-2 sentence bio. Susan B. Anthony’s reads, “Once arrested for daring to vote long before women were allowed (and then refusing to pay the fine), Susan spent her life working to inspire others to believe in equal rights for women.”
How about that!?
This beautiful card is by American Greetings, out of Cleveland Ohio. I tried calling them today to tell them how much I love this card, but it was very difficult to get through to a person. I’ve also inquired about selling this on www.pigtailpals.com, so stay tuned for that.
The final panel of the card says: “Growing up with dreams and plans all your own, each year it becomes more clear that you’re going to do amazing things with your life! But for today, take time to celebrate the one-of-a-kind wonderful girl you already are.”
My mom found this while shopping for Valentine’s cards (she thinks it was Wal-Mart or Target), and couldn’t wait to give it to Amelia. It is originally a birthday card, but my mom altered it a bit to be a Full of Awesome card. She said it was such a nice change “from the wall of pink princess sparkle unicorn crap”.
I couldn’t agree more, and I have a little surprise headed your way this spring when it comes to cards and awesome kids. More to come on that.
I went to the American Greetings website, and it looks like in my area they are sold at Target, ShopKo, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General. I have never seen a card like this before. Ever. Neither had my mom, who did a happy dance in the aisle when she found it.
I’m not sure how to tell an item number for the card, but I bet you could approach your friendly store manager, ask if they carry the American Greetings line, describe the card and if they can order style #13390930. Or it might be #4397264. I’ll let you know what I find out once I’m able to speak with American Greetings.
I don’t have anything against princesses and unicorns, but I do have something against solid pink walls of princesses and hearts and kittens and unicorns and NO other choices for girls. And I’ve never seen text like that inside a card for a little girl unless I’ve hand written it. That needs to change. Choices for girls need to change, since there are so many amazing ways to be a girl.