After receiving the newest edition, I started thinking about handwritten notes and made a mental list of ones I needed to send in the upcoming weeks. Then it occured to me that I have sent four wedding gifts in the last year and have received only one thank you note in return. And that's not counting ones from years past along with housewarming gifts, baby gifts...you get the point. It's a little disappointing. It's not just that I work hard for my money and want others to appreciate the gifts I send, but it's also a reflection of my gift selection. Did I pick something they love or will use often? Having been a bride myself, I usually stick to the registry but even so, I remember receiving gifts that I adored or gifts that I knew would make my married life easier. For example, my red tea kettle that I love and use often or one of the many cookbooks that have made my life easier when it comes time for menu planning! Sure, I have grown to accept that people don't send handwritten notes for the sake of saying "hello" or "I'm thinking about you," like I enjoy doing, and that's okay. But thank you notes? And I mean handwritten notes, NOT emails.
So I guess it boils down to this... Are people just too busy to write thank you notes anymore? Do I hold people to too high of standards for expecting a handwritten note? Are they just rude for not sending one? Or, are handwritten thank you notes a lost art form and becoming a thing of the past? Call me a Southern Belle or Old School but in my world, handwritten notes are the best, most treasured form of communication.
What are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: I, in no way, consider myself the end-all, be-all when it comes to manners. I am not perfect...I have been late on sending a note once or twice in my life. However, I really try to take other's feelings into consideration and be polite at all times...because that's how I was raised. And yes, I am aware that not everyone was raised like I was. Thanks, Mama! :)
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