I had a little meltdown at Target the other weekend. Getting emotional isn't an uncommon occurrence for me at my favorite big box retailer - I feel the thrill of the collector every time I spot a new pattern or embellishment amongst the cardigans and this sort of thing makes me verklempt - but I'm usually quite happy when I walk through the doors and even happier when I leave. Last time, though, I got really sad.
Perhaps surprisingly, I blame the Valentine's Day cards. Jon and I have been on opposite sides of the Atlantic on February 14 for two of the past four years; this will be our third Valentine's Day as a long-distance couple. So I should be used to it, right? And, actually, I'm not terribly upset about not getting to share the holiday as a commercial or celebratory occasion with him. (That's one of the silver linings to being with a guy who tries to make every conversation loving even when I want to talk practicalities!) But, somehow, the Valentine's Day cards lining the shelves at Target had me doing an infantile dance of frustration in the aisle, blinking away tears as I rejected card after card as being inappropriate or irrelevant for our situation.
Of course I agree with the sentiment of the card that said "I love being in your arms," but the message just felt bittersweet; we don't know when we'll next be together so I'd rather not focus on that sort of thing. In the end, I found one that talked about how "my heart is always with you" (or something like that). It was cheesier than I'd normally have picked, but there weren't tons of options at Target for a girl in a long-distance relationship.
Last night, even though I've already bought my card and posted it, I decided to have a look around Etsy to see what's available there. I know at least a few of my readers are in their own long-distance relationships, so I thought it might be useful to round up some of the cards I liked best - cards that don't dance around the situation but are still sweet - in case you're still on the hunt!