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Hearts the size of an ocean

Once in a while, a story finds us... and it changes things. Those stories tend to be the ones that people tell because they simply have to be told, and they tend to be the ones that are still settled into our hearts long after the story is over. They're the kinds of stories that leave you with something to do.

A while back, we received an email from a woman who had just such a story to tell. Shirley told us that last year, just before Father's Day, she was inspired to create a greeting card on behalf of her Dad. Though he was lost at sea, along with her brother, when Shirley was ten, she says he "made all the difference in my life." He introduced his family to the beauty of the outdoors--with hiking, camping, beach combing, and visiting local and national parks. Both parents lovingly taught them to respect nature inherently, for its own beauty.

When she came across the Rumi quote, "your heart is the size of an ocean," she knew it was perfect. So she contacted us. "Would you be interested in refining this card from a watercolor image I've sketched?" she asked. She drew a sea turtle on the front--a creature that represents, for her, a symbol of ancient wisdom, in touch with the rhythms of the earth. She imagined the card as "a gift of gratitude and preservation"--a fitting honor for a man who lived with a full heart and deep respect for nature.

Shirley felt it was essential that the card be ecologically printed, with a percentage of the proceeds going to organizations that protect the environment, and thought our Positively Green cards were the perfect fit. We knew what we had to do.

As this card was being completed, Shirley discovered that her twin cousins volunteer for a sea turtle conservation center in Georgia, restoring and preserving habitat for these creatures. She imagines that with so many big hearts coming together, perhaps the fate of the endangered sea turtles can be reversed before it's too late.

We leave you with Shirley's dedication: To Marvin and Milton, beloved father and brother, whose treasures run wide and deep... long after they have walked this Earth.



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