Last year, after Melting Pot Moms sponsored one of my campers to an OBG Adventure Camps travel camp, I had the sponsored camper video tape her appreciation. She was shy about it, but it had to be done. This year, I wasn't able to physically go to my Spring travel camp, so I instructed my staff to have the camper that was sponsored by a mini-Facebook fundraiser I put together write out her thank you note so that I could then post it on my Facebook Wall. When I think back on it, I feel like I should have taken the time to individually send each donor Ruby's thank you note, but I took a technology short cut. (Still wondering if that was the right thing to do.)
Yesterday, I sent out two handwritten thank you notes (using my custom Honeyprint stationery and my own OBG stationery) to two different friends who showed a kindness to me. It was an automatic response to a thoughtful situation because that's how I was brought up; to be grateful and to show it. After all, I know how it makes me feel (awesome!) to get a handwritten note in the mail and hey...it's nice to be nice.
Recently, I sent out a bunch of gifts and to date I have received one thank you (via text), and that came from an adult. The rest of the gifts were sent to adolescents and unlike my mother who simply broke out the stationery and handed me a pen when I received a gift as a child, I have not received a thank you note, a thank you text, or a thank you FB Wall Post saying, well...thank you.
Since I tend to be analytical, I thought this would be a great challenge to put out there. For me, for you, for parents and for anyone who has been shown a kindness. It's not about hurt feelings or some such other drama, because I know that my gifts were well-received. But it's about taking that extra step and showing a little gratitude. It's about not fostering a sense of entitlement. It's about remembering our forgotten manners. Am I wrong?
Disclaimer: Several months ago, I got a suprise package in the mail and it was the personalized Honeyprint stationery you see in the photo above. It was so cute that I didn't open it until yesterday.