Lately, every time I write a thank you note to someone for a holiday gift, I think of my mom. She ALWAYS made me and my sisters send cards, thanking relatives for a holiday or birthday gift. We hated doing it. We had no idea what to say other than, “Thanks for the $5 for my birthday.” or “Thanks for the sweater.” After the obligatory thank-you sentence, we then listed all of the other stuff we received, which kind of made us sound spoiled and bratty. At one point, I thought to myself, “I am NEVER going to write thank you cards when I’m an adult.” Well, that was a lie.

I don’t mind writing notes these days because people so rarely expect one now. I like to think my note of thanks brightens the gift giver’s day — just a teeny bit. Not to mention, I love getting notes from my nieces and nephews, saying thanks in their cute handwriting or crayon scribbles. Especially when they don’t know how to write and Becky and Krissy make the kids scribble on a piece of paper or write their name in gigantic letters. I’m glad Krissy and Becky are following in Mom’s examples and making their kids write thank you cards even when they don’t want to.

Categories: Jennifer Elliott

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