Thursday, January 12, 2012
By the time he’s an adult, grandma may be pretty smart.
His grandpa and I were given a sweet thank you note for his Christmas presents. I thank our daughter and her fiancé for their persistence in getting the thank you’s written. There is also a thank you to my own mother for teaching me to do the same. Maybe a pat on the back to me for assuring my children acknowledged the thoughtfulness of others.
Hand written thank you notes have become somewhat of a lost art to our children and their own. I find this sad. Our high tech social media based text messaging twitter sending hoot suiting world has overcome the written word, even two words as simple as thank you.
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On to the lesson learned. Yesterday, Matthew observed I was wearing the sweet bracelet given to me by his mom and Rick. Dangling from the silver chain around my wrist was the precious snowman charm he painstakingly chose for me. I said thank you on Christmas Day, but didn’t acknowledge in written form, the way he’s being taught.
Who says only kids have to write thank you notes. Little guys love receiving mail. What better than receiving a note thanking them for their thoughtfulness?
I’ve always attempted to teach by action. I missed the boat on this one and it took a six year old to point it out to me. Thank you in person is nice. Even picking up the phone to express gratitude is acceptable. Name a better way to say thank you than to take literally moments of your time to personally express with pen and paper your gratefulness for a kindness expressed.
I need to get my fingers off the keyboard and go wrap them around a pen. What about you?
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.