Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Art of Saying Thank You
A couple of weeks ago, a good friend surprised me with this charming liberty floral notecard set. It was a belated birthday gift (my birthday is in June) because we hadn't seen one another all summer due to our hectic schedules. It was such a lovely gesture to remember my birthday months later and I was truly touched by her thoughtfulness. So, naturally, I decided to use my new stationery to write her a thank you note. Yes, that's right. I took pen to paper and wrote her a letter. Next, I will address it, place an actual stamp on it and place it that archaic structure otherwise known as a mailbox. I realize we live in a digital world that makes communicating quite simple and immediate. So, why not text, email, facebook or tweet? I wouldn't need a pen, it wouldn't cost the 46 cents for a stamp, I wouldn't need to locate a mailbox and it wouldn't take several days to reach her. If I typed out a simple "thanx 4 the cool gift" I'd probably get a "like" on facebook or one of those smiley faces via text. I would instantly know she received my message. Some may call me out of touch or old-fashioned but to me, it is saying to the recipient, " I appreciate you enough to take the time to write you a heartfelt letter." I have a boot box filled to the brim with old letters from my parents when I was away at college, friends who I met at sleep away camp and silly, romantic cards from my husband. They are precious to me and to own a tangible box of mementos can never be replaced by a text message. I'd rather actually laugh out loud than LOL any day of the week...JMO.