Rinehardt Law - December 2019

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DECEMBER 2019

WE’RE THINKING OF YOU The Meaning Behind a Card

Over the years, we’ve found the cards to be as meaningful to write as they’ve been to read. Hearing someone say, “You’re the only person who sent me a card,” makes you realize how powerful and important this small act is. The act of writing to someone sends a clear message: I’m thinking of you. In an age where we have a million options for communicating, there’s something special about getting a card in the mail. When life gets busy, or when geography spreads your family states apart, a card can be a way to stay connected. Sure, we can send a text or email, but I think there’s a lot to be said for sitting down and handwriting a message. It forces you to slow down and think about the person you’re writing to. For those who don’t have the finances or the physical means to be with their loved ones, cards are another way to stay connected. Maybe you can’t travel to be with your family, but sending a card is a way to foster a connection. More than anything, during this time of year, I want to connect with the people I care about, be it in person, over the phone, or in a letter. Those connections are what get us all by.

When our kids were growing up, Hillary didn’t just write holiday cards; she wrote holiday poems. She loved working on them, and she’s a gifted writer. The poems contained humor and wit. She would get her parents, me, and the kids in on it so that each poem incorporated how things were going and what each child was up to that year. I loved seeing how much fun she had putting the poems together. She did this all the way up to the time when the kids were graduating, and she still sometimes puts together a poem for birthday cards. We’ve continued the tradition of mailing holiday cards from our firm. Around the holidays, we all sit down at a big table in our office and write cards to our clients and colleagues. Afterward, we usually go out for a holiday lunch. It’s become a tradition that everyone on our team looks forward to.

Around Christmas when I was a kid, my family would write cards to our friends and loved ones. As we sat down to write these cards, we paused for a moment to think about these important people in our lives, some of whom we didn’t see very often but were close to our hearts nonetheless. I enjoyed the tradition, and I also liked seeing the cards that came to us. Leading up to Christmas, I eagerly waited for mail that contained stories from our friends and family and gave us a glimpse into their lives. Even as an adult, my excitement over holiday cards hasn’t diminished. Each year, Hillary and I sit down and look over the cards we’ve received. We smile over a friend’s new baby, laugh at our family’s comical spin on a Christmas photo, and feel sentimental over a heartfelt message. We’re invited to take a peek into the lives of our loved ones, even if just for a moment.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you.

–John Rinehardt

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