Four years ago today, I lost my mom, the most beautiful, kind-hearted, compassionate woman I had ever known. Four years ago today, I lost my very best friend. My secret keeper, my comforter, my cheerleader. Four years ago today, my life was changed forever.
My mother’s death was incredibly sudden, and came just two months before my high school graduation—a little over a month before my senior prom. Several months before I was to go off to college. Such major life events, and her absence was present in a way that tore right through me. Her sudden passing turned my relatively normal 18-year-old life and shook it to it’s core. My very worst nightmare had come true and was playing out right in front of my eyes, and I felt so, so small and powerless to stop it.
All right, so you’ve seen how I assembly-lined these buggers, but what did the guests see?
First, they saw their names and addresses in my handwriting, Mrs. Turkey–style. (If they were a real human and not an address I made up for the internet, they also saw a stamp that I’d rabidly hunted down: USPS’s Farmers Market stamps, featuring food—our favorite!)
Once we got into the church, Tatiana arranged us in the order that we would walk down the aisle, with me at the very end of the line. I could hear whispers up ahead and the words trickled back towards me as the news spread, “…the rings…the rings…where…the rings…not here…oh no…” It was only Tatiana who was brave enough to break the news to me, “We don’t have the rings.”
Heavily influenced by Mrs. Hawk, I convinced myself I couldn’t just put the magnets straight in an envelope and be on my merry way. I *had* to have some pretty cards to package them up in. So, I made up another design in PowerPoint, sent my order to CatPrint (which had thicker, sturdier card stock options than Vistaprint did), and ordered some pretty “Lemon Drop” yellow envelopes from Cards and Pockets.
When everything had arrived, I took a deep breath, questioned my life choices, and proceeded onward. I’d ordered a proof print of my card from CatPrint, so I decided to use that as a cutting template for the rest of the cards. I centered a magnet in the proof-print card, marked on the card where I thought the slits should go, cut the slits with my X-Acto knife and my quilter’s ruler, tested securing the magnet with the slits, and fussed around with the slits a bit until I was satisfied.