Empathy Cards

Posted: November 11, 2015
Empathy Cards
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How strange that so many awkward situations in life require a greeting card. Emily McDowell Studio capitalized on the supreme example of this reality with a Valentine's Day card they created for the person you're, like, only sort of dating, or have only been dating long enough that you guess you probably can't let V-Day go by without even mentioning it, but you're not really at a roses and love poems and hi-tech sex toys point, and a schmoopy card is definitely out, so your choices are pretty limited. Except for this.

Having conquered Awkward Valentine's Day, Emily McDowell Studio then ventured into another squirmy territory for greeting cards: empathy. Your buddy lost his job. Your sister had a bad breakup. Your best friend's grandma died. Your co-worker, geez, found out he has cancer. What do you say? What do you write? How about:

  • "Please let me be the first to punch the next person who tells you everything happens for a reason."
  • "I'm so sorry you're sick. I want you to know that I will never try to sell you on some random treatment I read about on the Internet."
  • "I know #FUCKCANCER doesn't help you get through it. I'm here any time you need me."
  • "When life gives you lemons, I won't tell you a story about my cousin's friend who died of lemons."
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