Friday, June 19, 2015

Thank You For Your Kind Words

Do you write thank you notes? I do. This digital thank you note is to each of you who have written a comment on my last blog post. I am grateful to you, the readers. I appreciate that you read my posts and take the time to write a comment. Blogging can be lonely. However your comments make it all worthwhile. You are sincere and generous in what you write. Thank you.

Some insights regarding thank you notes:

These notes used to be called bread and butter notes as they were written for  dinners recently attended.

Princess Diana reportedly prepared the envelope of her thank you note with stamp and address before leaving her home for the event she was attending. She would return to her desk once home to write her thank you. That is what I try to do as well. It is a great habit to follow.

Nothing in the world beats finding a handwritten thank you note in your stack of unwanted mail.

Young people are not writing thank you notes for the most part.

Once a long time ago, a friend and I pledged to write handwritten thank you notes to friends and family one for each day in the month. This task sounded so easy until we actually did it. Those last days of the month were the hardest. I wrote my favorite authors and called the project complete.

As a kid, I was assigned the thank you task the days after Christmas and my birthday. My first thank you notes were drawings and coloring. There were times that I just plain did not want to do any silly thank you notes. My mother asked if I liked unwrapping the gift. Yes, I said. Then she told me to put the same joy into writing the thank you.

Again, thank you for your kind words. I appreciate always hearing from you.

Thank you,


  1. Mere,,,you re truely welcome,,,all the time you put into helping other bloggers getting started,you deserve all the good comments that came your way. : - )


  2. Hi Meredith, I enjoy your blog entries, therefore thank you for blogging. :) I like writing and receiving thank you notes, though admittedly most of mine are not handwritten. But you are definitely right, receiving one is so nice. Thank you for the reminder. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.



  3. Aww thank you Meredith. :) I don't write thank you notes, or use the mail anymore. But I do love getting cards from my Mom (who must be the only one in my life that sends them), so maybe I should reconsider. :)

  4. I am really bad about writing thank you notes. However I usually give a thank you by phone or in person! But I am now going to try and do better! Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Thank you, Meredith and Jack, for the joy you bring to so many of our lives with the way you open your hearts and lives to us to share your very personal journey. I had not heard that about Princess Diana, but I will start doing that..great idea!

  6. Meredith,
    Thank you for the reminder of the importance of Thank You. I love thank you notes and always keep beautiful cards and stationery on hand for that purpose. I've always taught my children the importance of sending a thank you note but with technology as it is.....'the times, they are a-changin.'
    Another great read, thank you.

  7. Meredith,

    I'm still old fashioned and write thank you notes! I think it's become a lost art since texting and emailing are so convenient! I still make my boys write thank you notes and they get lots of compliments on them. It really means a lot to people to get a handwritten note!


  8. Never commented before on a blog, but want you to know that my wife and I very much appreciate your writings! We have discovered TTWD after 37 years of marriage, and it has wonderfully and miraculously transformed our relationship! We relate to so much of what you share! As we find our way along in this new exciting time of our life, what you have written is very affirming. God really does save the best for the last!

  9. One of the nicest compliments I've ever received was from a friend who attended my daughters baby shower. She said that my daughter wrote a beautiful personal thank you for the baby present but she said it was me who should be thanked for teaching my kid to be gracious and polite and thankful. I was so pleased.

  10. I'm really bad about writing thank you notes and currently owe several...thanks for the reminder that I need to get off my duff and complete them. ;)

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

  11. This is lovely Meredith. Thank you for the wonderful support you give us and for your posts. I always enjoy visiting here :)

    I must admit, I tend to text or email more nowdays than write thank you notes.


  12. This post reminds me of things I used to say when I was teaching. I always hoped that they would take with them just some of the lessons about respect and gratitude that were part of the way I ran my classroom. I had a little mailbox in which they could write a short note to thank or compliment a fellow student. We would spend the last 3 or 4 minutes of the day reading them aloud.

    So Mere, thanks today and every day for being a friend to so many of us.

    Love from Ella!

  13. I love writing thank-you notes and encourage my children to take care to give thanks after receiving a gift. I do know that "snail mail" is becoming less and less with all the new technology available and while those methods are just as effective in giving messages of thanks and I do communicate in that way often, I still hope to keep the art of hand written notes alive because there is something special to me about sending and receiving a note from someone in the mail... :-)

  14. My children are required to write thank your notes for any gift or money received. I was not taught to do this and when my aunt did not get a thank you note for a graduation gift, she gave me the what for. I think it is a great act of respect to send them. Thank you for the reminder.