Sunday, August 28, 2011
Pet "Sympathy" Cards
My dance teacher's husband died recently (Allah yar7amu) and the visitation was today. I stopped to get a card at the grocery store (sadly it was also dorm move-in day, apparently, so the place was crazy). Cards are organized by category, but I couldn't find a "death" or "funeral" section. Hmm, what else would this be called, I wondered. Condolences? I couldn't find that either. Finally, I realized that since I definitely wasn't looking for a birthday, anniversary, holiday, wedding, baby, thank you, or blank card, it must be the "sympathy" section. Granted, I am at the point in life where I go to more weddings than funerals, but this seemed a little overly euphemistic to me. As I looked through the cards, trying in vain to find one that wasn't full of nauseatingly maudlin verse, I noticed one with paw prints on it. I pulled it out. It was, indeed, a sympathy card for the loss of one's pet. In fact, there was a whole section of pet sympathy cards. Now, I love my cats dearly, and will be beyond distraught when they die. But a pet sympathy card? Really?
Posted by Shedding Khawatir at 1:59 PM