After Wee Willa came into the world, the three of us received oodles of mail. Nearly everyday a new postal surprise made it’s way into the mail box. More than the silly goodies that we got, more than the lot of new clothes for Willa to don, and more than the excitement of opening the mail box, I found delight in the stacks of outgoing mail I could then send! Thank you cards, a lost art, shine a bright light of love in my heart.
I realize that thank you’s are left in the dust because the art was lost in the wash–perhaps no one writes thank you notes because of the multitude of multimedia notes! I am grateful for my mother, she was enthused herself about thank you notes and the wonders of writing a card to a friend. My mother was very prompt with her manners. For my high school graduation she made it easy for me: she provided me with a list of friends and family (with their address and the gift they sent) and all the different thank you cards I could imagine. As a result, every family and friend got a personalized note, within days of their gift!
It’s never too late! A thank you letter is as exciting in the mail box promptly days following an event/gift/kindness as it is many months.
It’s simple! Thank you’s come in all shapes and forms. Sometimes I even tear a cool paper bag and write on the back/blank side to send in a colorful envelope. Remember, it’s the content that counts. Creativity in supplies illustrates your ability to think outside the card.
It’s personal. Notes can be very personal, hand-written, crinkled, coffee-stained, perfumed, wax-sealed. And in a few sentences, you can simply articulate why you are grateful. Expand past the hallmark aisle and get personal.
It’s vintage. Snail mail is lackluster in today’s technological society. Electronic mail takes way to the Postal Service. I think, secretly, everyone yearns for that vintage touch in their life. Handwritten notes come from the days of yore. Nothing is more antique than a thank you note in your mail box.
So, the next time you attend a dinner party, or go rock climbing out at a friend’s ranch, try writing a thank you note–signed, sealed, delivered–and won’t you be surprised at how good it feels! Or will you? What is the favorite note you’ve received? Do you regularly write letters? What are your tricks to writing letters?