I believe in sending Thank You cards. A real Thank You card, inside an envelope, hand-addressed with 44c postage affixed. In my circle of friends Thank You cards are our way of showing how much we appreciate each other. My friend, Sally, makes her own one-of-a-kind cards. So pretty. I love finding her cards in my mailbox. Jeanine, too, always sends wonderful cards. Lesley, Henriette, the Deys, all my friends you've read about here.
I don't think it's necessary to send a Thank You card to someone after they have sent you a Birthday Card or Christmas Card. That's going too far! But look how cute this is: Recently my cats sent a Birthday Card to their sister, Snowy, and in return, Snowy's mother (Lori) sent me this photo of Snowy posing with the card. Sweet.
However, (getting on soap box) I'm befuddled that nowadays some people can't take the time to send a proper Thank You card even after they have been helped out of a crisis. Is life moving so fast, is it so complicated and overwhelming that a person can't sit down and write, lick, seal, affix postage, go to mailbox and drop the card in the slot? Why is it OK for a person to ask for help, receive help, and then not have the courtesy to send a Thank You card? When did that behavior become popular?
Am I over-reacting? Should I just accept ill manners as the new norm? Is it fruitless to hang on to what once were common manners? I realize giving help is it's own reward. However, doesn't a proper Thank You reflect what's in a person's heart? Reflect their love and gratitude? I say yes. It's right to express gratitude. As I said in Part 1 of this tirade: If a person doesn't have time to send a Thank You card they certainly don't have time to smell their neighbor's roses or pray.
I can't judge the life of another person, but I can decide if I ever want to help them again. By the way, Hallmark Cards, Papyrus Cards and some American Greeting cards are Made in China. Check the back of the card before buying it, or better yet, make your own. Thanks, friends, for reading my vent. xoxo Amy