Last week I had a mental challenge.
Or, was it an intellectual challenge?
None the less, I found myself at the dining room table with two little girls working on thank-yous. As you know, I totally believe in the importance of saying “thank you” in writing. But in reality, sometimes it can be less than easy. Writing thank-you notes take time, patience, and good spelling…not to mention stamps.
Oh yes, nothing holds up a thank-you like not having stamps.
There I sat, trying to simultaneously spell words for two different girls. Trying to patiently help them, not confuse them, keep the words and people from getting swapped, and all the while biting my tongue as I watched yet another piece of custom stationery fall to the waste side.
Yes, I admit, it was overwhelming. That’s right, even The Gracious Girl broke a sweat over thank-you notes.
But then, I remembered; this isn’t about me or even the girls. This is about the beautiful act of sitting down and showing gratitude to someone else.
The “You” in the thank-you.
And let’s face it, an e-mail or text simply doesn’t carry the sentiment. So, why is it that this beautiful gesture often brings along its sidekicks guilt, dread, and procrastination?
How as an etiquette professional can we help the Thank-You loose the seedy crowd it’s been hanging with, help people embrace the “you” in thank you and pick up a pen and say these all important words.
Talk to me Gracious Girls, what holds up your thank-yous? I’m all ears!
Oh, before you go. In the spirit of Thank-you notes this week we hosting a three part series, and for festive measure will be giving away 5 Crane’s Blue Books!
So, Gracious Girls, a simple comment will enter you to win one of these stationery must haves!