When I was a child, my mother made me write Thank You Notes
like there was no Tomorrow
to anyone who gave me a gift. After every Christmas, Birthday or Random event,
I would sit down with my list and write a note to each person saying thank you
for each thing that they gave me. I had to write down each thing, because if
you wrote a note to my grandmother saying, “thanks for all the gifts” or,
“thanks for the doll” when in fact she gave you a doll AND a necklace, you
would get a phone call from Grandma saying, “DIDN’T YOU GET THE NECKLACE I
So I got into the habit of writing Thank You notes. I realize many people never were
required to do this as a child, so they are not in the habit of doing it as an
adult. However, I am of the mindset that a thank you, whether it is verbal, emailed
or written in the sky with smoke signals, is warranted, no matter what. If
someone gives you a gift, if they take the time to think of you, I think it is
only fair to do the same by simply thanking them.
However, this does not always happen. I have sent people gifts and never heard from them. No phone call, no email, no smoke signals. They don’t even mention anything the next time I see them. It’s like it didn’t even happen. Where are their manners? Maybe their mother didn’t teach them to write thank you notes, but weren’t they taught to say thank you if someone gives you something? Don’t you learn this when you are a child? Even at the dentist, after he roots around painfully in your mouth, you say thank you when he gives you the lollypop afterwards. Don’t you?
I would like to blame technology and the internet, but in all actuality, shouldn’t this make it EASIER, not harder, to send a simple note, in the form of a text message, a phone call, or an email (or a tweet or a FB post or…)? Now we have more ways, not less, to say thank you. So why isn’t it happening?
I am appreciative to people who say thanks. So, thank you to all of you who are good at saying thank you! And if you are one of those people that sometimes get too busy to say thank you, maybe you should get off Facebook or Twitter for 27 seconds and send your friend/grandmother/sister a text!
It only takes a minute to say thank you. Not only can it really make someone's day, but I also think it is just plain good manners.
Do you write thank you notes? Do you think that when giving a gift the pleasure of just giving it should be enough? Or would you like to be thanked?