Now that my birthday is over, I have a few thank you notes to write and I am contemplating how to get them done. I grew up super old school, where a written thank you note was to be sent within 2 days of receiving any gift. I tried to teach my children the same, and I know Tabitha mastered this skill, but Trinity, not so much.
I used to pride myself on having custom stationary for everyone in the family, but those days disappeared when the recession arrived. Now, that I have no extra time and my writing is illegible, I started typing my notes a few years back. I bought some cute card stock in different bright colors and just wrote my notes in WordPerfect, printed them out and popped them in the mail. Last year, I didn’t even bother with the card stock, I either called the person, sent them a text or emailed them. I know that my manners have really gone in the toilet the past 5 years and sometimes I feel kinda bad that I never take the time to hand write anything, but is it so bad? I am not so sure anymore.
In midst of writing this post, I decided to call my aunt and thank her for the birthday check. Funny enough, I think she would rather talk to me and hear my thank you, than receive some boring thank you note. I was right, she was very happy I called and actually had a question she needed to ask me. See, so much better than writing her a note. Maybe not as proper, but more fun.
As for Louie’s aunt, she used to make fun of me and my old school thank you notes, so I always text her the minute I receive her gift. She is a worrier, so she always like to know when the gift arrives, so the texting system works perfect for us.
As for my parents, Lou’s Mom and my sister, I am a total loser and have told them to no longer expect any thank you notes from me. When they give me the gift, I look them in the eye and say “thank you.” Good enough, they know how crazy my life is.
So that leaves my friends and their extravagant gifts. I can’t afford to buy gifts for all my friend’s birthdays and I always ask them to not buy me anything, but of course a few of them never listen and always buy me way too much. Ohh look, I was just opening the mail, while I was writing this and received a $50 gift card to TJ Maxx from one of my best friends. Even though some of my friends insist on giving me gifts they have all learned to only buy me things I need, will wear, or will use often. So I received a gift certificate to my massage therapist, my favorite eye cream in the whole world(Kiehl’s Avocado), a cute shirt, a reusable water bottle, and some Starbucks cards. How great is that? LOVE MY FRIENDS!
Ok, enough bragging about my fabulous friends, I just decided as soon as I finish this I am going to email them each a thank you note. It is 5:00pm, I need to make dinner and go to Back to School Night, so I need to get my butt in gear. Good-bye until Monday.
Have a fabulous weekend!!!!
Here are a few of the funny cards I received, wanted to share….