We all have shit on our hands at some point. How a real life mess inspired a silly greeting card.
It landed with a splat.
I whipped around frantically, scanning the floors to assess the damage, and there it is. A single piece of poop on the kitchen floor. Shit had happened.
My husband was teaching that night, so I was doing our evening routine solo. Our 13 month old was running through the kitchen naked and screaming with our two dogs close behind. She was not interested in a bath, but does enjoy streeking in the evenings.
At first I couldn’t determine who produced the poop – was it human or feline. When I heard the splat, I said “Freeze!” in my best concerned Mom voice. It worked like a charm, because all three of them stopped and looked at me, waiting for my reaction. When I got closer it was obvious that all signs pointed to the toddler. The evidence was a few inches from her feet and there was an “ugh oh” look on her face.
Who knew that in the three minutes it took for me to undress her, start the bath and wrangle her to the bathroom, shit would strike. I guess it’s a gamble every time the diaper comes off.
It made me realize how casual cleaning up messes has become in my life. A younger me would have been disgusted. Now I just clean it up and keep it moving. Shit happens, right! And just like that, a new greeting card was born.
The next week I started sketching some different ways to illustrate my idea. First the poop was too fluffy, then too flat, too scary, too small, too lopsided. I needed to find the perfect piece of shit.
Drawing the Perfect Piece of Shit
I hope this card makes you smile and reminds you that we all have shit on our hands at some point - literally or figuratively.
It seems like my favorite cards I’ve designed are the ones inspired from real life moments. No matter how messy, embarrassing or painful. They strike a cord with people, connect. It’s in those messy real life moments it’s nice to send your loved one an unexpected card in the mail and make them smile when they may need it the most.
Depending on your sense of humor and the circumstance, this letterpress greeting card could be given as an apology card, a sympathy card, or a just because card. Anyone who’s a dog owner or parent can particularly relate to the sentiment, but I think it’s a universal theme.
P.S. If you like unicorns and bathroom humor watch this ridiculous commercial for Squatty Potty.
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