This morning, The Today Show had a report about greeting cards meant to be given to cancer patients. This is causing a stir, which was the point of the report.
Cards made especially for cancer patients are not a new concept; several websites exist that allow you to buy pre-made cards for those who have and had cancer. The controversy seems to be surrounding the mass-production of these cards by major companies like Hallmark (in the report, Hallmark is specifically singled out).
In the Today Show report, Steve Adubato argues that mass-produced greeting cards are too impersonal to give to cancer patients and survivors. He says that it doesn’t matter how ineloquent or awkward, as long as your sentiment comes from the heart -Â and from you – it will be well received.
I agree with Adubato, although I feel the same way about all greeting cards, not just the cancer-related ones. I know a lot of people like receiving greeting cards, and I don’t have a problem with that, but I’d just as soon receive no card at all. The same is true with giving; I’d rather give a card I made than buy one I settled on.
That’s really the key, I think: I have to settle for a card. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed a real decline in the quality of greeting cards over the past few years. Add to that the facts that what’s written in them aren’t your own words and that the exact same sentiment will be given to thousands of other people, and the whole business just leaves me feeling a bit cold. That goes extra for the cancer cards.
What do you think? Are greeting cards an acceptable way to express your feelings? Are cancer cards going too far?0 People like this. Be the first!