Thank you notes! WAIT!! WHAT?? Does anyone out there write thank you notes when you receive a gift? Or, because of the ease of texts and emails, may we just shoot a text off to say thank you? Is this ok?
I’m sounding OLD here but……….I raised my children to sit down and write thank you notes. I plopped thank you cards, a pen and a list of who gave them what in front of my children many atime. The note could be short and sweet and usually was but that’s ok. Stamped and out to the mailbox. DONE!! I hope they still follow their ‘growing up’ rules.
On the flip side, those of us in my generation do expect thank you cards. Am I right? Can I hear an ‘Amen’? Do we get them? Usually not but we certainly hope we will. People like to know that the recipient in fact, did receive the gift, and also, perhaps, even liked it! Brides normally write thank you notes. That rule is in the Bride Etiquette book included in the top ten things a bride must do. Thank goodness. Nice! If brides do it why not everyone else? Rarely do I receive a thank you note from the younger generation but I do appreciate them.
The same with greeting cards. For the life of me I don’t understand how those greeting card companies stay in business. It must have something to do with our generation…..we are the largest profiled group for marketing…..I think! I still send out cards…..birthday, anniversary, Christmas etc. etc. I have to admit I am receiving fewer Christmas cards each year and it is sad. Those Christmas cards (oh, sorry…..to be PC…..holiday cards) are welcomed and I love receiving them from friends and family……I don’t want to lose touch with anyone. I also have this need (and desire) to update mailing addresses. have to admit I do like those two page single spaced update letters from friends and relatives that broadcast how great and perfect their family is and what countries they visited that year. I am not buying that their family is sooooo perfect anyway but I enjoy reading them. There! I said it.
I don’t believe my children’s generation even send out greeting cards much anymore. A text covers it. Emails, if you have noticed, are becoming extinct as well..the ones from friends. Too wordy and too time consuming I suppose. If you miss getting emails, just get on the email list of your favorite retailers and they will send you several per day. SAVE ME!
Let’s not even talk about writing…..LETTERS! OMG……who does THAT anymore?
I miss the days I received letters from my parents and my husband’s mother. I still have many notes and letters from my own mother squirreled away and I enjoy pulling them out once in a while and rereading them. Gone are those days completely. We only receive bills in the mailbox if we aren’t ‘with it’ and haven’t signed up for on-line banking, auto pay and whatnot. Whoa.
I heard a woman the other day complain about our schools not teaching cursive to young children anymore. For those younger readers…cursive is when you write each letter and connect them….or something like that. Anyway, schools aren’t teaching cursive anymore? Really? I suppose when my grandchildren are older and in school they won’t use anything except a computer and there will be no need to write anything. The times they are achanging. Maybe it’s not a shame.
Changes are hard to take but I will admit that I like the computer age, the I Pad, the I Phone and I love texting. With these I would be lost!! Remember when we did write letters? My hand would cramp and I would get bored and I would just move on and do other things. I did keep a journal but I never wrote as much as I do now so it is a good thing….these changes. I write a lot of texts and as much as the next guy. I text my children and my friends and I try to keep up with their daily lives. It does make my life easier to write ‘Hi! Thinking of you!’…..Not enough to pick up the phone mind you….but thinking of you!! ♥ u!!
Gotta run! Text me later!