Returning from New Year’s weekend, having not collected the mail for two days, I hit the jackpot. Not with gifts, coupons, sale catalogs, or even holiday cards. Four personal thank you notes greeted me. My mother always insisted we write thank you notes and I’ve tried to instill that in my children. My friend Robin and I jokingly judge someone’s character based on whether or not he/she writes thank you notes.
An email or phone call take second place for sure. To me, there’s still nothing like a personal note – and not those “fill-in-the-blank” ones. With the demise of the postal service, who knows what will happen to personal, hand-written letters.
I received one from our grandson Simon, 2, for his easel, one each from my brother’s daughters, and one from my sister-in-law.
A 2012 wish: Here’s hoping hand-written notes aren’t a lost art and that the postal service survives!