Special Oddcasions was established in 2015 by writer and award-winning newspaper columnist, Meredith C. Carroll, who still sends greeting cards. (Actual cards that you have to put a stamp on and stick in the mailbox. Because no one ever opens up an e-card and thinks of you fondly. Really, no one.)
In 2014, Meredith went in for her first-ever mammogram and she figured she'd walk out with a pat on the back and maybe a sticker or mug. Instead they gave her a breast cancer diagnosis (spoiler alert: she's fine). Exactly a year after her implant surgery, which followed a bi-lateral mastectomy, she texted a friend and said, "Happy Boob Day to me." Her friend wrote back: "There should be a card for that."
Well, now there is — plus a whole bunch of other ones for all those irregular instances ignored by Hallmark. Have a friend who just lost everything in a divorce? Got a bad tattoo? Is going bald? Came out of the closet? Went on yet another horrible Tinder date? Is the angriest yogi you've ever met? Know any annoying vegans? Someone who likes to drink (way too much) wine? How about that couple who have an asshole-y baby? You know that co-worker who cries a little too often in the office? Did someone fail at yet another diet? What about that person who's a little too comfortable with Botox needles? That buddy of yours who walks around with a fake therapy dog? Yeah, we've got cards for all of that.
Sometimes you have a choice to laugh or cry when you're down and out. To have a friend in those moments who really gets you — and can get you to laugh at yourself — can be exactly what you need (that, and a Percocet). Special Oddcasions is the very bitchy specific voice in your head that knows what you're thinking but wouldn't dare say out loud. Our cards say it for you. (You're welcome.)
Because we feel strongly that people who have the most valid reasons to cry are often the ones who also most deserve to smile, all proceeds from our breast cancer survivor card go into a fund to assist those with breast cancer who lack sufficient insurance to feel as good as possible after their treatment. For more details, give us a (virtual) shout at Cards@SpecialOddcasions.com.