I have a friend who creates beautiful hand made cards for birthdays her designs are always thoughtful and lovingly made and I have always been in awe of her creative skills.
Another friend sends Christmas cards every year made by her 3 boys. I am not in awe of their creative skills in fact their cards are pretty shit -last years was either a snowman or an egg with a hangover.
However now I have children of my own I still appreciate both cards and the thought behind them but I can’t help but think that my friend with the 3 boys is a f*cking legend.
Anyone who has tried doing crafts with a two year old will know that the amount of energy and effort it takes to get a single scribble on paper is exhausting. Amazing mum of 3 produces cards with cut out bits, glitter and pipe cleaners stuck on them. This means that each card has involved not only 3 x Boys but 3 x Boys x Scissors + Glue.
The amount of cleaning up required must be monumental – a friend of mine experimented with glitter and a toddler and only managed to produce a nappy full of sparkly poo (which she decided against posting to friends and family).
Pre children I naively imagined making cards for special occasions now I’m a mum I go to the pound shop like everyone else.