What the heck is a greeting book?
It's my own little way of supporting writers and releasing a bug.
Years ago, someone gave me the advice to rid my life of bugs. I already knew to exterminate the roaches and spiders, but that wasn't the bugs my friend meant. She said bugs are those little things that bug us that we choose to put up with--a squeaky door, a non-stick pan that everything sticks to, the chair with the loose leg that you're afraid to let guests sit in. Think about all the bugs we deal with daily. My friend was right. It's a choice to keep them around.
At the time, I laughed. None of those irritants are big enough to cause that much stress. Just deal with it and move on, right? Her point was that all those little bugs add up to one big Men In Black mutant that will eat away at our peace in ways we don't even recognize. So, I started exterminating bugs and discovered a Will Smith-esque bad assness.
So, how is the Greeting Book a bug killer?
In May, I purchased approximately twenty greeting cards. Now, I love a good greeting card. I've been know to pause grocey shopping to check out the card aisle for a good laugh, but trying to find eighteen different graduation cards and the right birthday card and then a few Happy Mother's Day well wishes made me want to "blinky thing" myself.
What annoyed me most is that I paid $2 to $5 each, depending on the fanciness, for a folded sheet of cardboard with a few words written on it that I would either attach to a gift or stuff in an envelope with cash.
Geesh. For about five bucks, I could buy a whole paperback book. Wiat. That's brilliant. For about five bucks, I could purchase a truly personalized gift and card in one. Plus I would be supporting writers. Plus I would be introducing friends to new authors. Plus I would be sharing my love of reading. By changing from giving the greeting card to blessing folks with the Greet Book, I was killing a bug and spreading love.
My mom's birthday was my first chance to give the Greeting Book. I had a blast picking it out, watching her open it, and discussing why I chose Krista Davis's Mission Impawsible for her. The gift keeps giving because I'll check in with her to see how she loves it. So, now my people know to expect a book for every gift giving occasion. In fact, their texting me with suggestions and preferences.
If you've been plagued by the greeting card bug, squash it now. Come on over to the Greeting Book side where there are no pests, only words and love.
Dee Linn loves words. When she was in the third grade, her exasperated teacher told her she'd probably talk to a pole, if she happen to be sitting beside it. Not much has changed except that now she says it in writing. She is a single mom of four, a teacher of teens, a cheater at board games, and a lover of life. She's a Kansas girl, but travels to all kinds of places in her head with characters living there, some of which she's sure she's created. Some, she's not sure how they got there. But they are way more interesting to talk to than a pole.