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Julia Sims: A month of thank yous

Posted January 26, 2015

Julia Sims with son Will

I don't know about you, but I think there is just something so nice about getting a handwritten letter or card in the mail.

First of all, you realize someone has taken the time to acknowledge you. Secondly, it sure beats getting bills and junk mail!

For the last month, Will has been writing three to four thank you notes a week to relatives for his Christmas presents. In years past, I've written the notes and he's signed them. This year, it's all him.

Surprisingly, he hasn't complained a bit! (He's a six-year-old boy, so I was just waiting for the groans that never came!) Will's notes are simple and then, he typically adds a little extra drawing or message.

I like to think it's been a lesson in appreciation and good old-fashioned manners. He's also learned what it means to the folks on the receiving end of his cards. My aunt and uncle called the other night to tell him how tickled they were to get his card in the mail. My dad, also known as Pops, called to tell him how impressed he was with his handwriting. Will was thrilled with the phone calls.

In this day and age, when we tend to fire off emails or texts without thinking about it, it's nice to get back to something a bit more meaningful.

Julia is a reporter for WRAL-TV and the mother of a grade schooler. She writes monthly for Go Ask Mom.



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  • Vicky Corey Jan 30, 2015
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    I'm so glad to see another parent doing this with their child!! This is awesome and I applaud you. :)

  • Carolyn Powell Jan 27, 2015
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    Though the years of my kids growing up (they are now 21 and 19), they have always had to write thank you notes for birthday and christmas gifts, (with my help in the beginning). Now that they are grown, they still write them. I figured, if someone can take the time/money to purchase a gift for them, it's the least they do is write a thank you note.

  • mdoodle Jan 27, 2015

    What a wonderful lesson for your child! I always love the nice thank you notes we receive.

  • snowl Jan 27, 2015

    I agree Julia. Somehow those pre-printed photo-cards we receive with the computer printed address labels on the envelope are just not the same as receiving a thoughtful handwritten card or letter.