One of my favorite things about having a card line: I get to invent ways to celebrate important people and events that are under-represented in Mainstream Greeting Card World.
Mother's and Father's Day fall into that category for me. I'm not a parent, but I'm a stepmom to an awesome 10-year-old kid. There are a lot of us step-parents out there -- and godparents, aunts and uncles, foster parents, youth leaders, grandparents and teachers, among others -- who are all invested in the lives of children who aren't our own. And there aren't all that many Mother's Day cards for stepmothers, or other non-biological mother figures. So I made some! Because in the same way I consider Valentine's Day to be a celebration of all kinds of love, not just romantic love, I think Mother's and Father's Day should be a time to honor and celebrate all the women and men who behave like parents, whether they technically are or not.
The card above was inspired by my youth group leader, who was basically a pseudo-mom to me between the ages of 12 and 18 (and beyond). Without her influence, I'm not sure I would have survived high school. Seriously, I was a disaster of a person in about 75 ways, and to this day I'm so grateful to her for opening her heart and home to me for so many years. (Fun fact: I spent hundreds of hours sitting at this woman's kitchen table in the early 90s, complaining about life, drinking coffee out of a mug that said "Screw Everything," which definitely influenced our collection of mugs. I'm working on 8 more right now, that will be released in June.) So, Happy Mother's Day to all you moms and stepmoms and foster parents, aunts and youth workers, grandmas and godmothers. You guys are doing important work, and you deserve to be celebrated. Just FYI: our Mother's Day shipping cutoff is Monday, May 4th.