When I was growing up I was taught to say please and thank you. (When a gift was involved, we wrote a thank you note.) I was taught to remember important dates like my parent's birthdays and anniversary and to send a card or, at the very least, to make a phone call.
What happened to those days?
Naturally there have been a few birthdays come and go in my family since the beginning of the year. I have recognized all of them with a card (with a small monetary gift) and/or phone call. I'm sad to say I have not been thanked for some of them. In a few cases I'm not even sure if the cards I sent arrived at all, but I suspect they did.
My mom has a philosophy she goes by. If she doesn't get a thank you of some sort, next year nothing is sent. Granted she sends a lot more in her cards than I do, but should that matter? Really? Isn't it just plain common courtesy to say thank you?
Or have times changed that much?
Maybe handwritten notes are not the thing to do anymore. An ecard would be nice. So would a mention during the phone call I make. Or an email.
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