I showed The Inmates the website and the slideshow of card examples. Since The Professor in particular tends to be a perfectionist and hard on himself, I tried to make it clear that there was no wrong way to do the cards. Foghorn perked up at this and I quickly added, "But you can't write anything obnoxious." "You mean I can't write cuss words in there?" NO! She thought a second and then asked, "Can I put exclamation points and question marks and stuff so they know it's a cuss word, but I didn't really write it?" UGH! I then had to hover around her as she made her cards, seriously afraid a four letter word might end up in the Christmas greeting or she might draw a snowman with a penis. Amazingly she did none of the above and both Inmates made their cards with care. The Professor kept saying he hoped these cards would make the people who can't be home feel better. I hope so too.
|The Professor's cards were traditional.|
|And for once his handwriting was almost legible.|
|Foghorn scratched out a couple errors, but|
decided to make the recipient aware by circling the word
"mistake" next to them. If the person has kids, he'll probably find it amusing.
|Foghorn added her own touches, like this circle on the back|
with the note "You can make a face out of that shape."
|Just in case the person didn't get the hint about the circle,|
she left instructions inside. Not sure about the part where
she says "you can cut out the circle and talk to it and stuff."
A soldier might get sent for a psych evaluation for doing that.
here. Cards must be postmarked by December 9th to allow adequate time for distribution. They do not need to be in individual envelopes and I'll be putting all of ours into one big manilla envelope for mailing.
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