Thursday, November 10, 2011
Nora's birthday party was two months ago. I just got the rest of the thank you cards in the mail this past week.
(OK, fine. I actually have 2-3 more to go, but they are for people who gave Nora her gifts very recently, so that doesn't count.)
Call me a slacker, call me rude... but we jumped right into the drywall project the day after the party, and life got a little crazy. So things that I would normally be pretty on top of fell to the wayside. In situations like this, I figure it's better late than never, right?
On Monday, I stuck Mary's thank you note (Mary is Nora's daycare provider) in Nora's bag with the check for the week. Yesterday, Mary happened to mention to me that she found it, and began thanking me (multiple times) for such a cute and wonderful note.
I found myself laughing. It was a thank you note. I was thanking you. You don't need to thank me for the thank you! What's funny is that Mary's not the only one. I got thank yous for the thank you from a handful of other people as well.
This got me thinking: Do people not send thank you cards anymore? Is it "abnormal" to send thank you notes for a baby's first birthday party?
My sister-in-law is a thank you note queen, as she sends them out for anything and everything, and you get them from her a day or two after the party. She's on top of her game. Me, on the other hand... I'll admit that I don't send them for everything. Like, in instances where gifts are exchanged--like Christmas--I've never sent them. I'm not even particularly good at sending them after my own birthday. But the only birthday gifts I really get are from my immediate family, and I guess I feel like a good, heartfelt, in-person thank you suffices in those situations.
But when we throw parties and people take time out of their days to come and celebrate, and bring gifts? I can't imagine not sending a thank you note.
Keep in mind that all of this is coming from someone who has a love for good ol'-fashioned paper. I love greeting cards (and Christmas cards!). And invitations. And stationary. And little note cards. (I don't like paying postage, but that's a whole 'nother ballgame. And even so, it's worth it.)
But still, why a thank you for a thank you?
Tell me, friends: Do you send thank you notes? For everything? For specific occasions? Do you have rules about how quickly you get them in the mail?
The other thing I've noticed is that the way people write thank you notes can vary greatly. I, for one, seem to write A LOT in thank you notes. Two to three small paragraphs, so they take a while to write! On the contrary, some thank you notes I receive are just a sentence or two, which is fine with me--I guess I just have some need to fill up as much of the space on the card as possible.
Maybe I just need to learn to write bigger. :)