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.