My neighbors happen to have the cutest little girls that happen to be my favorite kids around. The oldest resently started PreK and the youngest tags along doing some work as well. One day they were learning about friends so they made me some cards and put them in my mailbox. That simple act truly made my day and every time I walk by my fridge where I proudly hang them it makes me smile and got me to thinking…
My parents instilled in me the habit that when someone gives me something I automatically sit down and write a thank you note before I put away or “play” with my new gift. It’s something that I have come to enjoy. It doesn’t even begin to tell how much I appreciate not so much the item but just the fact that someone took the time to find ME something special with their hard earned money! That’s pretty special and I appreciate it so stinking much I want them to know! I even write thank you notes to those that choose to buy products from me. It really means the world to me that someone chose to spend their hard earned money on something that I have put my heart into creating or really believe in.
It also goes the other way. I LOVE searching for just the right present for Christmas, weddings, birthday’s and whatever. We don’t have a lot of money and what money we do have comes from a lot of hard work so I spend a lot of time saving and planning to give gifts. It’s something I get really excited about I pray that they are going to love it as much as I hoped that they would and that they can feel the love that was put into the gift. Getting thank you cards or even a text let me know that their gift had be received and it made me so happy to know they recieved my love.
However lately I don’t get any communication at all of if they got it and if hated it or liked it or anything. I know that it is the culture of today. People are “too busy” to write a simple thank you and I hate to say it but they feel entitled to getting something. If I can find time to sit down and write a thank you with all the different iron’s in the fire I have then you can too. I guess because I’m a negative Nacy but my mind always goes to thinking that they hate it which makes me so sad since I spent so much time agonizing over the perfect gift.
I guess what I really mean is it you don’t open a gift in person make sure you send a card. They spent a lot of time picking out the perfect gift and thought of you. Let them know how much it means to you. Also, go ahead and mail a just thinking of you card and make someones day just because. That’s what I’m headed to go do.