“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
― A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
People often ask me when I started writing poems, and the truth is I’ve written them for as long as I can remember. Before the blog my rhyming ramblings were written into cards as a special birthday wish or to let someone know I was thinking about them. I always fancied the idea that one day I might find myself working for Hallmark, and thinking up sentiments and messages for their cards. So you can imagine the happy dance I did in my kitchen when I received an email from Hallmark, asking me if they could send me a gorgeous box full of treats to celebrate International Day of Happiness.
International Day of Happiness is celebrated all around the world on the 20th March each year. This sounded like a party that I definitely wanted in on. A few days later I came home from work to find a box of joy waiting for me:
Cards are definitely my thing!
It’s a running joke in our house that I can’t go a week without “just popping to the card shop” for a little something to mark an occasion or to send a smile. I love the idea of someone finding a card hidden in the pile of junk mail that gets shoved through the letter box each day, and I think it’s so much more personal than an email or a message.
One of my other great loves is stationery and I regularly invest my lunch hour in a trip to Paperchase, where I mostly just wander around stroking all the pretty things. I’m one of those people that still has a pencil-case and a desk tidy in my home at age thirty-*mumbles*. (I don’t even have a desk, but still those paperclips and pens aren’t going to stay tidy by themselves now are they?) I squeaked when I found the cute pens and have immediately hidden them out of reach of Captain Scribble’s sticky paws. (Top shelf: with all the grown up biscuits. In case you were wondering.)
I was really surprised to find one of Hallmark’s super-cute Itty Bittys tucked away, waiting patiently to be played with. She is a miniature Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and I know that Miss Tot will fall in love with her instantly. Mstr Tot will no doubt try to pinch her so I’ll do my best to distract him with the Nutella until I can get him one of his very own.
Hallmark have a fantastic range of cards and gifts including their Itty Bittys which you can find here to celebrate International Day Of Happiness.
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Thoughtful surprises that come in a box.
The comforting feeling of warm fluffy socks
Escaping the world with a whimsical book.
The waddle and quack of a happy fed duck.
Bracing sea air as we walk at the coast
Pancakes for breakfast… or hot buttered toast.
Freshly ground coffee and warm home-made bread.
The things I can fix with a kiss on the head.
Soft lights that twinkle and flicker and glow,
Snuggly blankets and silent white snow.
Warm flumpy jumpers and big friendly hugs.
Cold busy hands around favourite mugs.
A moment of peace with a hot cup of tea
My kids doing things as a team, happily.
Songs on full volume alone in the car.
Friends that still love us – just as we are.
Laughing so hard that my face starts to hurt.
Martinis at lunch and a “Yes!” to dessert!
(As of course this whole poem would frankly be fake,
If I forgot to include just a “smackerel” of cake.)
But tucking my kids in and stroking their hair,
That sleep-hazy moment they realise you’re there.
A small hand in mine to make steady small feet,
A moment of joy as we skip down the street.
A phone call, a message, a “thinking of you”.
…And to know that each day, I’ve shared happiness too ❤
Sending hugs and cake – Happy happies day!
*Disclosure: I was sent the gift box, cards and treats free of charge from Hallmark for the purpose of this post, but as always all opinions and words are my own.