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Tuesday, June 21, 2011



If you have received a handwritten thank you note lately, consider yourself lucky for it is now a lost art. And that is so sad. I was raised to acknowledge gifts by writing a thank you note—still do. Today’s generation is oblivious to doing this simple task: Granted it takes a few minutes to actually write something and then mail it but they prefer to either ignore receiving a gift or choose to send an email thanking someone.

I wonder if those who don’t write thank you notes realize how much it means to receive one—it’s not that the giver expects it but more it means that the gift was appreciated. And this fact leaves the giver wondering if that person even received the gift for things do get lost in the mail. Limbo is not where the giver prefers to be.

To those of you who take time to write a handwritten thank you note, I applaud you! To those who don’t and are of this now generation, take heed:  There will come a time when you will wish you had received one. It’s such a small thing to do and yet the impact has so much credence. And besides, it makes you lt will make you feel like a better person. Remember that cereal commercial with “Mikey?” The tag line was “Try it. You’ll like it!

Thank you notes are not costly to buy and neither is a pen. I double dog dare you to write a thank you note if you haven’t. You might just brighten up someone’s day with such a small thing to do.

Sherry Hill

1 comment:

  1. Sherry,
    Please excuse the not-so-polite majority of us who no longer send out thank you notes. For my part, I always email or phone the gift givers, so they won't be left wondering. Also, I often send a thank you e-card that I believe is appreciated. It's all part of our relaxed culture. I've heard, but couldn't swear to it, that even wedding invitations are now being sent out as e-cards! Can you believe it?