I have a confession to make...and I hate it...it's just killing my pride. One pet peeve I have is when people don't write thank you cards. I don't mean for every menial occasion, but for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or when someone goes out of their way to do something special for you, I think a personal note is common courtesy. Some people send mass produced cards that say, "thank you for coming to my wedding and thank you for the gift." HORRIBLE!!! If you can't take the time to write a simple thank you naming the gift the person so carefully thought to purchase for you (or were kind enough to get off your registry so it was something you actually wanted), then you don't deserve their kindness. I realize it is the 21st century, and I am not so old school that I think you actually have to put ink to paper. For most occasions, an email acknowledging their kindness will suffice. But to do NOTHING, is selfish.
Now that I have been on my soapbox and made my position clear......I have become one of *those* people!!! I really hate to admit this. I had a list of thank you's to write after Adeline's 1st birthday (yes, I know that was the end of Feb!!!). The list has been lost in the same vacuum where baby girl socks and pens disappear. I was trying to get most of them done before we left for vacation. The list had at least 10 names, and I think I only completed 4. I can remember at least two more I need to write, but I KNOW there are more of you out there. If you are one of the wonderful gift givers that I missed, PLEASE know that I am thankful for your thoughtfulness and generosity (not only am I one of "those" people, but I just offered one of those catch-all thank you's that is impersonal and reeks of selfishness...Ugh!).
The other day, one of my best friends Skyped me (you know who you are). In the course of our conversation, she said, "I just want to make sure you got the package I sent." OH...um....(I know I composed the thank you in my head...did I REALLY not send a card?).... double Ugh!!! Of course I remember getting the package. I thanked her profusely and admitted to my complete embarrassment. She has known me for a VERY long time and is like a sister to me, so she has seen me make MUCH bigger mistakes and treat her with varying degrees of kindness, yet loves me in spite of myself. She made me look her in the eyes and told me NOT to send a thank you card.
I composed it today and it will be in the mail tomorrow.....