Thursday, January 19, 2006

Saying Thanks

I am the type of person who often has good intentions of letting someone know how much I appreciate them. This Christmas I came up with a list of about 6 people, including family members, that I promised myself and my wife that I would write thank you cards to. A few weeks passed and my wife asked how the cards were coming. I'd grumble something and avoid the topic. Well, Monday while I was enjoying my off day at the tire place getting my tires rotated I decided to write these thank yous. My wife was kind enough to make cards and then address and stamp envelopes so I guess tomorrow it will be up to the United States Postal Service to make good on my promise.

Those being thanked:
Mom: so generous and very involved with my children
Dad: gave up alcohol 1 1/2 years ago and drives into my mom's to see us; also sent us gas money and filled my Jeep up while we visited
Brother's girlfriend: spent more on our kids at Christmas than we did
JAM: goes way above and beyond in our friendship
Aunt: is like a 2nd grandmother to my kids; her first Christmas as a widow
Scott: good friend who is trying out a new church; great movie pal

I think with email we have lost the personal touch of the handwritten note. I teared up the other day while cleaning when I found a note from my now deceased grandmother. She sent $5 in a card for my daughter when she turned 2. She stated how hot it was and how much she would really like to see us. My daughter is going to be 5 this Summer. My grandma wrote that she loved me and she was a tough, stubborn woman. I'll keep this note forever.

So, if you think about it, let someone know how much you appreciate them. Go the extra step and actually write something nice.

9 comments:

Wiccachicky said...

Oh! I am so behind on thank you notes. I should do that this weekend.

Anonymous said...

very true, it is so easy to forget to tell others thanks!

Thanks for all u have done!

Chad

Deanna said...

Good post. It is always nice to hear someone thank you for something even though you only did it cause you care about that person. I usually try to do my thank you cards by the next day or two. That way I won't forget and be reminded by finding the cards a year later underneath everything.

txgrl said...

I am all about random Hallmark visitis. I hink lil hellos here and there are an awesome tool. We dont do thank you cards for Xmas gifts, but i bet I send a card a week. I am usually a thank you card fiend. I random cards to my pastor, telling him "good job", or my brother with a lil taco bueno gift card...or just to a girlfriend reminding her i care...I think its so importantto let people in your life know that you care...and even more that you remember them...

The MAN Fan Club said...

Reply to wiccachicky: Start this weekend and then do it by the following weekend. Follow thru!

The MAN Fan Club said...

Thank you also "Chip"

The MAN Fan Club said...

Reply to Deanna: I have good intentions all the time and then 6 months go by and I think I should have.....

The MAN Fan Club said...

Reply to txgrl: Well then, this post wasn't for you. It was a validation of what you do already.

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

That's a beautiful bit of advice. Thanks for the post!