Thank you notes/cals/letters
August 18, 2008 9:25am CST
Do you write thank you notes? I remember as a child many years ago being sat down after Christmas or birthdays and having to write thank you notes to aunts uncles and anyone who had sent us a gift. It was obviously a lesson well learned as to this day I will still often with a letter acknowledge a gift. But I find this appears to be a rare thing. Often we send gifts to my step kids and grandkids with no acknowledgment and recently we sent a gift to a new baby grand niece and no word of thanks. Is it because I am old that I find this strange or did I just marry into a wierd family LMAO ! Do you write notes, email cal or in this busy world do nothing?
18 Aug 08
I do what I can to make it known that I am thankful for the gifts I receive either by a simple thank you note, SMS, email or call. I even thank and greet strangers I meet along the way when I do my errands. You are right, traditions like that are dwindling by the minute nowadays and you need not worry that you married into a weird family, because you did not. Its sad that people seem to be a little less thankful specially nowadays that communication is becoming easier by the minute. I guess its up to us to bring back old traditions like this.
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18 Aug 08
LOL I reserve judgement on whether this family is wierd! Hadn't really thought about a correlation between how easy it is now and how the simple gestures of gratitude are declining. A smile, thank you or something along those lines go so far to make the world a nicer place to live. Maybe we should have a national thank you or smile at a stranger day!
18 Aug 08
You are right only you reserve judgment whether its a weird family or not, but hey every family is weird, even a perfectly normal family is considered weird nowadays. LOL I agree we need to have international days like that to show and spread kindness all around us. The only sad thing is with the current situation of the world (which is actually why we need this now) I doubt there will be official dates coming soon. But it doesn't mean we can't spend at least an hour a day as "time to give a bright smile to strangers time". LOL I wonder what ever happened to the world. I want to know the reason why people are drifting apart.
18 Aug 08
Hi overhere! I too can remember that and other things we did as children which today's children don't do. Certainly with all the many easy ways to communicate nowadays there is no excuse for not thanking. I phone or personally say thankyou if and when I receive anything, be it a postcard or a gift. I have a son who unfortunately does not take after his mother. Maybe it's my fault but I certainly remember telling him at least to SAY 'thankyou'. I was at his home a few days ago and he opened a birthday card which had arrived from an aunt overseas. I asked if he would remember to thank her and he said that he would be in contact with her when he returns from his week's holiday at the sea. I wonder whether THIS time she will be lucky and really hear something from him Happy posting and don't let these sort of things make you feel older than you are -'the times they are a-changing' has been on the go forever
7 Sep 08
I do not write thank notes but yes I call back and do appreciate the kind gestures of those who have taken valuable time to send me gifts or well wishes. Most of such correspondence have now been switched via emails and it is very convenient too. I feel all kind gestures makes life pleasant so one should observe good practice.