Arriving back home after a long weekend away, I found a very nice thank you note in the mail for a wedding gift given last month. What a nice surprise!
You see, we have either gone to, or sent gifts for, nine weddings over the past three years. I have received exactly three thank you notes in return.
I was raised to write thank you notes. Thank you for the Christmas present. Thank you for the birthday present. Thank you for driving me to dance lessons this year.
Saying “thank you” is powerful. Even when a gift is given in person, or a service is done as a matter of course, stopping to acknowledge our gratitude does as much for our hearts as it does to bless others.
I wonder when we lost our decorum.