As 2016 is coming to an end and we celebrate Thanksgiving, we’d like to say thank you. We have a lot to be thankful for, even in a tumultuous and uncertain year, and sometimes it is precisely in tough times that we realize it. At Catbird Baby, we want to say a sincere thank you to our customers. Our independent retail store owner customers who believe in our brand, value our innovative products, and root for us to succeed as much as they do for their own stores: thank you. To the thousands and thousands of parents who have used our products over the last decade, who have written us to to say how much they love them, sent us their photos, let us know that their Catbird Baby mei tai or pikkolo has been imbued with precious memories from 2, 3, even 4 children, and that they treasure these memories, now and always: thank you. To the community of brave, smart, ambitious, hard-working, and creative women that I have met through founding and running Catbird Baby, so many of whom have become my personal friends and been moral support, a sounding board, an inspiration: thank you. As we sit down with our family and friends today for Thanksgiving dinner, we truly do include you in our thoughts and prayers for peace and happiness.
Starting a business from scratch is an enormous leap of faith, and so much of what happens in the course of getting the business off the ground, and keeping it going, is discouraging. Many people you meet don’t believe in you, or demand to know why you aren’t doing better, doing more. Even they deserve our thanks, though, because they push us to strive to actually be better. And striving to be better, everyday, is what keeps us going. To be better, kinder, more helpful, more accommodating, more understanding, and more human. Everyday. Thank you, to all of you, for making us better.