Monday, October 25, 2010

Sending Thanks

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?


KnitterMama said...

This is SO cute! I am not a thank you note sender myself. I do it but only because I have to but I totally think this scanned image accompanied by an email would be wonderful. I thank gift givers rather profusely and try hard to remember to send an email later but often do not...

Adele said...

I'm so relieved to know I'm not the only one! Yes, I think I can handle this... and maybe once I'm doing the emails it will progress to more? :-)

Kerry said...

I thank in person or on the phone as well and want to be a better thank you note writer but I'm not sure it's in me to do it. I love the picture. What a great idea!