The lamp post... an early morning newspaper sketch to wish the folks of Maple Shade Happy Holidays - Dec. 2014 (Hi Route 38-ers... I think some of you still have originals!)
T-Cards is more than a business! It has blossomed into its own little corner of Sunshine in a world that sometimes goes dark. It has grown out of love for the people in our lives and their challenges. While in search of a way to sustain ourselves, a door has opened allowing us to share happiness in our own little way. Here’s a short story of how it came to be ~ Tammy writes…
“It’s a common story these days. People reaching a point in their lives where they want to follow their hearts and pursue a passion. After working for 40 years in the same jobs, my husband and I had no plans of changing careers; but at the ages of 61 and 57, we were both faced with that scenario out of the blue. A little unsettled - to say the least - we did want to remain active. So what better than to take a paper delivery route?! No training necessary, a routine to keep us focused, a lot of exercise and best of all – “no people to deal with” at the time! Ironically, I would come to know 140 people very well - without ever really meeting them. What a wonderfully mysterious place the world is at 2:00 a.m.
Communicating with people through messages left in mailboxes is beautifully simple. I imagine them to be a certain way; but I’m sure if I were to meet them, I’d be totally off base. When I started the route, I wanted to wish them all a good day, so I would write “Good Morning” on every paper. That led to adding a little drawing of a “Sun” face, and from there I became obsessed! I would draw more detailed “Suns”, Xerox 140 copies and glue them to card stock. I would try to do this at least 3 times a week. The response I got from people was so overwhelming ~ I quickly became addicted to drawing. So many people suggested that I should sell my “Suns” as cards, that - long story short - my husband, sister and I have started this business.
My only regret is that I was not able to continue my route. I will greatly miss getting all the notes saying, “You always start my day with a smile” or “I look forward to your drawings and I have every one of them”. It would melt my heart every time. I would like to thank the wonderful people of Maple Shade, NJ. I will never forget your letters, generous tips, gift bags and many, many delicious baked goodies! I hope you enjoy seeing your “Suns” in a new light and thank-you endlessly for helping to start my life over”.