If there was one thing my mother made sure my sister and I learned growing up it was that if someone does something nice for you, you need to say ThAnK YoU or write them a thank you note. Our house growing up was a center hall colonial and at the bottom of the stairs my mom would leave reminder notes for the two of us. After birthdays or holidays we always knew one of the notes written in dark black sharpie marker would say, “Girls, don’t forget to write thank you notes for Aunt Pat, Uncle Steve, Uncle Cliff, ect.” Writing the thank you notes drove us crazy and we just couldn’t understand why it was such a big deal to our mom.
It took a long time to admit, but in my twentys I completely understood why my mom had stressed the importance of thanking friends, family, and strangers for gifts big or small. Not only is it important to show gratitude when someone does something nice for you, but it also lets that person know how much you ApPrEcIaTe them. My sister and I still tease our mom about her black sharpie marker notes at the bottom of the staircase, but we will always be grateful that she instilled in us the importance of letting people know when they have made a difference in our lives.
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)