Friday, January 14, 2011

Saying thank you only cost 44 cents

I talked previously about the lost art of letter writing, posted by Tammy @RowdyKittens.  That post got me thinking about the lost art of saying 'thank you'.

It's a reoccurring thought for me, since the holidays just flew by and we are in the dead middle of winter with plenty of time to reflect.

I grew up in a household where thank you notes were a strict rule. I remember my brother and I grumbling and moaning at the kitchen counter while writing thank you notes for our Christmas gifts we received. We felt coerced into doing something that suspiciously looked like schoolwork, which in our mind was banned during our precious two week Christmas vacation.

Twenty years later, I now really appreciate my Mom for teaching us this lost art of gratitude.  She showed us the importance of recognizing what others had done for us, and how essential it was to tell them.

When was the last time you sat down to thank someone? It could be for anything: a gift, being a friend, or just for caring.

Being on the other end of those thank you notes is an amazing feeling. You get the warm fuzzies realizing that someone took some time to just appreciate you. And you really get to see how that person feels about you. It's a special experience.

So go ahead, while you are watching TGIF tonight (takes you back doesn't it?…name that decade), write some thank-you notes. Someone will be flattered and your mamma (or at least mine) will be so proud!

Chasing down the postman,


Uncle Tractor said...

Great Post! After reading it I was thinking about Christmas cards. As I kid, I loved it when a card came to our house. It always meant so much to me. My wife and I still send dozens and dozens of cards to those we miss. It is a simple art that seems to be slipping away.

Simplifying in the South said...

Thanks Uncle Tractor. You know I never thought about Christmas cards that way. We skipped doing them this year because we thought it was just 'something people do' and didn't matter that much. But the idea of making them personal and telling people how much we loved and missed them is a great idea! Writing it down now for next year.

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