Monday, October 25, 2010
I come from a family where "thank you"s are earnest and immediate. You give me a gift. I look you in the eye, tell you how much I truly love it, and then remind you how much I love it by using it often. Not so on my husbands side of the family, where "thank you"s are mailed (even if you live in the same house) the same day on fancy card stock, even if someone is a member of your nuclear family. I will admit, this custom has taken me some getting used to, and even so, I am not the best giver of mailed thank yous out there. It just doesn't come naturally to me.
However, having received countless thank you cards, I have come around to accepting the beauty of this custom. And, of course, I recognize that being married into this wonderful family, this is a custom that I will have to learn. It did feel a bit less victorian to sit down with Zosia this afternoon, have her draw a picture (her three beloved cousins, to whom we owe a big thank you for a wonderful visit a few weeks back), then scan it on the computer.
Now, you thank you givers out there, I need some advice: would a genuine email accompaniment to this picture do, or do I need to buy some card stock?
And, how do you give thanks?