Monday, November 3, 2008
Thank You Cards Never Go Out of Style
I was just wondering what I should write about and then my mom mentioned that she had not received a thank you card for a rather sizable monetary gift she gave. She had been happy to give the gift which was rather large considering how small her social security is... which brings me to this post.
As a first grade teacher, aside from teaching children the importance of global understanding and friendship, I did teach each and every child to write a thank you letter. Anytime a speaker came to our classroom, they got a thank you letter. Anytime we went on a field trip, the class wrote thank you letters to the parent volunteers. The lesson for my class was they needed to always show their appreciation for whatever someone did for them. Besides, I warned them...if you don't show your appreciation, that person might think you don't care and won't give you anything the next time, not that that's the reason for writing the note, mind you.
My own children were always encouraged to write notes from the time they were little. My daughter went one step better and even makes her own cards with photos in them. My son, well, I love him dearly but it takes him a little longer to get his done. But he does (even if I have to prod him sometimes)! And he does them beautifully!
I remember one person that we gave a wedding gift to who did not respond in several months. I asked his mom if he'd gotten it. She asked her son and he told her that he had a year to send it. We did receive a card from him in another couple of months that only read, "Thank you for our wedding gift." I was a tad bit flabbergasted, especially since his mom is an incredible writer. I asked my daughter about that and she said that sadly she's had some thank yous like that from her generation.
Well, I don't know about you but I really appreciate a nice thank you note any day, and if not a snail mail note, at least an e-mail.