A customer called in to Calendars.com asking for Mary Engelbreit 2012 Desk Calendars. Knowing that the year was almost over and these calendars were close to useless, our customer service representative wanted to make sure she actually meant 2012. That simple question provided a heartwarming story that we had to share.
Joann’s mother loved Mary Engelbreit; she was one of her favorite artists. Years ago, Joann bought her mother a plaque of one of Engelbreit’s painting depicting a mother and daughter with a touching caption that reminded her of their relationship. Her mother passed away this year on May 22, and when she went to her mother’s house to sort through her belongings weeks later, she noticed her mother’s Mary Engelbreit calendar. The calendar was still on May 22, and on that day was the same depiction of the mother and daughter from her gift years prior. Joann felt comforted by this strange coincidence, and wanted the 2012 desk calendars to give as keepsakes to the other women in her family.
We were so touched by this story, that we had to share it with the Engelbreit studio and Andrews McMeel publishing. Through a joint effort, we were able to send Joann a print of that painting signed by Mary Engelbreit herself.
“Thank y’all so much for requesting it or doing whatever you did to get that to me. I’ve framed it and have it in my office and it is almost like having my mother there… Thanks again and Happy Holidays.”
This is why we love our jobs. Happy Thanksgiving and be sure to spread joy when you can.