by Cynthia J. Cordell
Crissy and Cheryl were gossiping with their brother Connor about the new school year. Their mother Cynthia and their father Christopher were winding down for the day, yet there were still items on the to-do-list to be taken cared of. First on the list was to catch up on the reading list of the once-a-month book club that sometimes met at their house. Next on the list was to fold all of the laundry that was newly washed earlier that day.
Cynthia wrote notes to people to pass the time. To Christopher that day, she wrote Thank you for all that you provide for us. Her note to Connor was You are the best son ever! Her note to her eldest daughter Crissy was Always stay sweet and positive, they are your very best attributes. Finally, her note to Cheryl read, You are as cheerful as the bright blue sky. Then to their two puppies, she wrote notes to also. To their Doberman, she wrote, You are our pride and joy, always stay as docile as you are! Then to the terrier, she wrote, Always remember, that you are truly loved!
She put the two handwritten notes to her puppies on the mantle and the rest she packed in the lunches of her family members. She became the note originator and the note sorter and also the note specialist. In her town, she initiated the note giving process, by writing uplifting notes to the hard-working librarians and then she wrote notes to each kindergartner in Mrs. Fields class at the local Elementary School. She let Mrs. Fields take credit for the fun and encouraging notes. They were each delivered in a little brown paper bag, tagged with a pink ribbon on it if it was for a girl and a blue ribbon on it if it was for a boy. Cynthia never ran out of ideas. Sometimes it took her longer than expected but she always got the task of note writing done.
She began, as free publicity for her note writing skills to write notes to the members of the local fire department. She let their Chief Fire Fighter take credit for the uplifting notes. That Saturday, there were specialized notes for Michael, Cesar, Brian, Matthew, Nestor, Frankie, Eric, Chris (a different Chris from her husband) and Benjamin.
For Michael, she wrote Thank you for saving the lives of our townspeople! For Cesar, she wrote Your firefighting skills are truly appreciated! For Brian, she wrote The townspeople feel safe and protected because of you! For Matthew, she wrote Thank you for quelling the fires of our city! For Nestor she wrote, No one fears the natural disasters because you keep us safe! For Frankie, she wrote Our national pride is everywhere because of you! For Eric, she wrote Everyone is proud of you! For Chris she wrote, The Fire Department is lucky to have you on their team! And finally, for Benjamin, she wrote You are a good representative of the Firefighters of our town!
Eventually, Cynthia asked the help of a web designer to create a website where a few of her elite clients could go to, to ask her for personalized notes for their “people.” This clientele has people under their management because they are the providers of the town, the heartbeat of the city that their town was nested in. Eventually, she farmed out the note-printing to a local stationery store because she wanted the handwriting to be of professional quality and she also wanted the cute sprites and little graphics that went along with doing it fancy-like.
Then a professional football team contacted her because one of their players was having a birthday party for their son and the league wanted to surprise him with notes to put into the party bags. So the names of the little boys were Patrick, Mike, Cesar, E.J., Rommel, John, Joshua, Russell, Austin, Dan, Zachary, Zayden, and Bryce. The birthday boy’s name was Gerald!
Cynthia wrote her notes accordingly: To Patrick, she wrote Thank you for making this an exciting birthday party! Then to Mike, she wrote The heroes of this party get their inspiration from you! To Cesar, she wrote, Gerald appreciates your friendship! For E.J., she wrote, Thank you for giving Gerald the time of his life! To John she wrote, Thank you for being one of Gerald’s besties! To Joshua she wrote, There is extra cake and ice cream because you’re so special! To Russell, she wrote, Thank you for always being there for Gerald! For Austin, she wrote, Let’s do this again next year! For Dan, she wrote If the D.J. plays some dance music, we should all get up and dance! To Zachary, she wrote, We need to have you over more often, for cake and ice cream! For Zayden, she wrote You made this a great celebration! Then for Bryce, she wrote I wish that we can party like this till the next day, thanks for making it special! Of course, no one really knew who wrote the personalized notes, they just assumed that they came from Gerald’s mother. Each note was deposited into their fun-party-bag.
The web designer asked Cynthia what she wanted the site to be called and she said, that it should be named, “Cynthia’s Notes.” Cynthia’s clientele spanned the globe, maybe perhaps even beyond. All the client has to do was type their contact information, then their payment information (which was always negotiable), then explain in the text field, what the occasion was for the note or notes, how many and basically what the names of the recipients were going to be. In that way, they could all be personalized. Cynthia wanted a good three weeks in advance to properly prepare and deliver the customized notes.
The minute that Cynthia’s web site went live, she was inundated with a clattering of orders from a newly evolving clientele. The next step was to hire language translators from around the world to convert her notes into more personalized ones in the client’s language, maybe even one or two dialects within the main language. Advertisement was through a discreet word-of-mouth-network. If the clients weren’t happy with one or more aspects of the notes that were delivered to them, then, she immediately got on the phone and spoke to them about it. She always wanted them to be happy with their delivered packages (that were) abounding with the most precious, customized happy notes. The notes would be the equivalent to a-just-a-pick-me-type-of-coffee-jolt to say Thank You God, All is Good!
Cynthia would wind down her day, by baking some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and curl up with some magazines to get ideas for the next note-creating session. Add to that, a glass of milk and she would feel re-charged again. She knew she could always survive. There’s a voice telling her that she’s hopeless sometimes and her answer to that voice was always, But I can read and write!
The style of the cards that the notes were printed on, were ones that were folded in half, so that the message surprises the person when they lift up the folded part. For a while there, only Cynthia, the printers and the web designers knew about her little side business, but eventually, her immediate family understood that this was a serious undertaking for her. She gave some of the generated income to her family, but what she really wanted to do, was to apportion some of the money as weekly allowances for her three kids. At least now she had the means to make this happen!