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Taxi Driver Anniversary Card to Parents

Anniversary Card to Parents

Travis sends an anniversary card to his parents. Aww!

Hmm. Maybe we should rephrase that. Travis sends an anniversary card full of lies to his parents. Aww… eewgh. That went from cute to depressing real fast.

Comically, the picture on the front of the card depicts two scouts with the words "To a Couple of Good Scouts!" In the message he writes, he tries to convince them he's all right, while getting the date of Father's Day wrong (it's June 19th, kids—make sure to pick him up something nice):

"Dear Father and Mother:

July is the month I remember which brings not only your wedding anniversary but also Father's Day and Mother's birthday. I'm sorry I can't remember the exact dates, but I hope this card will take care of them all. I'm sorry again I cannot send you my address like I promised to last year. But the sensitive nature of my work for the government demands utmost secrecy. I know you will understand. I am healthy and well and making lots of money. I have been going with a girl for several months and I know you would be proud if you could see her. Her name is Betsy but I can tell you no more than that... I hope this card finds you all well as it does me. I hope no one has died. Don't worry about me. One day, there'll be a knock on the door and it'll be me.

Love,

Travis."

This shows just how out of touch Travis is with everything and everyone. He doesn't know the day of his mother's birthday, he's lying about dating Betsy and working for the government, and he might even be planning on committing a murderous suicide mission at this point (in which case the promise that "there'll be a knock on the door and it'll be me" is a lie). The card itself is a grotesquely comic symbol of Travis' own delusion—it's an attempt to retain a connection with his parents, at least, but this is a connection based on lies.