Thanks, Email: A Reflection on Thank You Notes

Recently, I came across a need to write a thank you note. My mom always taught me when I received gifts or some did a nice favor for me to HAND write a thank you note. Growing up, I hated this. I have atrocious handwriting (probably should've been a doctor) and my mom would make me write four or five drafts until font Hess-vetica was legible enough. I always thought email should be sufficient enough. Alas, however, my training stuck. I went to reach into my stationary drawer and realized I was out of cards. It was late so I had no choice but to go my neighborhood Rite Aid. This is where I realized that email is not sufficient. The selection was all highly decorative with flowers and glitter or just cartoons with puns so bad I wouldn't even make them. There were not any classic or clean cards available. I gave up and went to CVS where far in the back hidden behind chevrons and paisleys was a simple, elegant thank you.

Clearly, the market for handwritten thank you cards has dwindled and, to that I say, "Thanks, Email."  Email has made it so convenient to exchange gratitude that it has removed the personal touch of the emotion. So, after this experience, my new goal for 2017 is to write one thank you card a month. I encourage you to join me. So, lets get writing!

 Jimmy Fallon is the king of thank you notes. 

Jimmy Fallon is the king of thank you notes.