Oops ~ Seriously, major oops!
While cleaning off my desk, and getting my papers and mind into a somewhat organized fashion, I found it; the item that caused me to utter, “oops!” Underneath the countless forms to be filled out, turned in, or filed away ~ there it was… the list of thank-you’s that had not been written.
Now, it wouldn’t be a “major oops” if this list represented thank-you notes for Christmas gifts; I think I would still be within an acceptable time frame for those. The “oops” list goes back about two and a half months to my birthday. EEE-GADS!!
You see, expressing my gratitude is very important to me. It goes as far back as to when I was a little girl, and my mother presented me with my first box of pretty stationery. This special paper was to be used to convey my gratitude for toys, clothes, special jewelry, or any keepsake that was given to me as a gift, regardless of the occasion; however, birthdays and Christmas come to mind. If memory serves me right, this practice of writing thank-you notes started for me when I was in elementary school.
Since then (many years later), I’ve done my best to continue the practice of conveying my thanks when given a gift, or when someone demonstrates a special favor towards me. First order of business is to start a list of those that need to be thanked, and secondly ~ make sure that said list does NOT land under a mountain of papers and other lists!! Maybe I’ll resort to adding “the list” to my calendar of events, so that it will ding at me every two hours, until accomplished.
Several years ago, HUBS asked me if I had written a thank-you note to friends of ours, for just what I can’t remember, but I do remember very specifically the look that I shot at him.
The look, itself, said, “Are you kidding me?” “What the heck?” “Seriously, you have to ask that?” “Did YOU write it?” Yes… all that was said with one look. If you know me, you know the look. Why did he think he even needed to ask the question?
Again, if you know me, you understand that between my mother and my two grandmothers, I was raised in a somewhat “Emily Post” environment. The thank-you note is a must!
Upon finding the “oops” list, on my abyss of a desk, my mind shot back to the glare that I had given HUBS years ago. Something tells me that I won’t be shooting off that glare anytime soon. Yes, even when you are trained by those that abide by the rules of Emily Post… you’re still gonna screw it up, now and again! 🙂
Typically, I like to handwrite the thank-you’s, but today’s post about thanks and my screw-up is going out to my friends and family who acknowledged my big 5-0 in a variety of ways. Whether you sent me a card; gave me a gift; treated me to lunch; called with a wish; joined me for dinner; or reached out through Facebook, I want to extend a very heartfelt thank-you!
The people that are present in my everyday life, whether you are family or friend; close in proximity, or close in heart; friends from the past, or friends from the present; writer/blogger friends that are new in my life ~ you are the true and continuous gifts that are given to me, luckily more than just once a year!
Thank you for coming into my life on the good days, as well as the ones that aren’t so good ~ you are always welcome here.
Most of all, thank you for allowing me into your world, during both your ups and downs and just simply ~ the ever-calming quiet moments of the true “presence” of your friendship!