Monday, November 12, 2007

Rituals

My mother just left. We completed one of our seasonal rituals - the production of the Thanksgiving invitation (We also do Christmas and Easter creations). You would think that getting a few words onto a card would take just a few minutes. We always schedule minutes, but never have we been able to get those few words printed on the cards in the allotted minutes.

We are both obsessed with the perfect card even though we both pretend that it doesn't matter. In fact, today, Mother said, "It doesn't matter. It's going to be super casual this year. I don't even know why I'm sending an invitation." Though it didn't matter, the card selection was not exactly perfect for the occasion, and the attitude was more casual than in years past, we spent much time scrutinizing fonts for size and style, phrasing the invite to create the perfect tone, and creating a ginkgo leaf that had the perfect weight and size for the font and the invitation.

The invitation is printed. Our obsessive-compulsive behaviors noted. Tradition is preserved.

6 comments:

Mrs. G. said...

I love a good home made card...what a wonderful tradition to have with your mom.

mull-berry said...

I hope you will post a photo, and ... do you have a ginko tree? If so, I'm jealous!!!!

Angela said...

Any tradition firmly rooted in OCD is great with me! Can you believe it is less than two weeks away?

Kate in NJ said...

I'm with Angela...aren't all good family traditions linked with OCD?

m~ said...

Just stopped by to see what you were up to. Wow! I'm impressed with your tradition of making cards. I do hope you will post a picture!

ZILLA said...

Do we get to see it? I promise not to crash the party!