Ever since I can remember, my mom has always made my sister and I hand-write notes to thank people for gifts they have given us in order to bestow gratitude. While it was always a chore and one I was not fond of, over the years I have come to enjoy writing thank you notes. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a chore and takes time to complete but knowing how it feels to receive a note of gratitude is motivation enough.
Sadly, the art of writing thank yous seems to be something of the past – something our parents and grandparents did. A couple of weeks ago, my dad shared a letter with me that his mother had written to his aunt. Her handwriting was elegant and the note was beautifully written. “You kept Henry a whole week and showed him such a nice time, but why did you go the expense of buying him a shirt too? For that I thank you also and it is a lovely one!” This cherished letter was in my great aunt’s possession for almost 60 years and has been passed onto my dad where it now sits in a fireproof safe. There is nothing like the joy that comes from receiving mail, tearing open an envelope, and reading a special note that’s tucked inside. Here’s to keeping the tradition alive!