I know it's kind of random, but I've been thinking about it for a while. I think the Hallmark store is probably one of the most sacred places in a community. It's weird because I haven't been to one in ages, but I've been thinking about the people who do. It is a place solely dedicated to communicating compassion. It is a place completely set aside for connecting people to one another when they are far off and when they are near. it is a place organized around finding the right words, the right message, the right feeling to share with someone whether you are rejoicing when they rejoice or weeping when they weep.
Somehow the card aisle at Target isn't quite the same. The card aisle is on the way somewhere else. It's a point of convenience, not a place of commitment. There are distractions because the kids want to go to the toy section; I want to check out the shoes. We're all afraid we'll forget the bananas leaving Pearl a disgruntled mess the next morning. The card aisle doesn't create the same kind of space as the whole Hallmark store, the same kind of focus, the same kind posture and grace.
I don't know what brought this thought on, but I just started thinking and now I can't get it out of my mind. I think I need to make a trip to the Hallmark store and see who comes to mind.