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Snail Mail

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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.

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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!

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2 thoughts on “Snail Mail

  1. So glad you and your sister have continued sending “snail mail” and have passed (and will pass) that tradition on to your children!! It brings such a smile to our faces to receive a letter!!!

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