Hi everyone, my name is Dawn M. Muir-Frost and I have been friends with Lisa almost 10 years, and following Lisa’s blog since it started. When Lisa approached me and asked if I would be interested in being a guest blogger, I instantly knew I wanted to write a blog on writing notes, specifically thank you notes. I read Lisa’s blogs on her pen pal activities and her love of note writing and I thought it would be a perfect fit.
I have been writing thank you notes for as long as I can remember. Every time I sit down with pen in hand, I hear my grandmother’s voice telling me that is proper to send a thank you note when you receive a gift or someone does something nice for you. This notion is something I think has faded from memory with the advent of email and social media, but it is a trait I truly hope makes a strong comeback with future generations.
I am definitely partial to sending handwritten notes, even though it seems each year the post office make this harder and harder to do by raising the stamp prices. While I enjoy giving and receiving cards, I have had people ask me “Why do you bother?” After all, they say, can’t you just send out one mass Facebook post or email and reach the person you want to send a note to in seconds? I have even had people ask me if I think the person even reads what I send them. They feel like people are so busy they won’t have time to read a note, but they are always on social media or email and will definitely see that and even take a second to read what is posted. A few people have even told me writing thank you notes is a waste of time and a waste of paper. They say the note card will just end up in the trash with all the other clutter. And maybe they are right, but at least I know that I have made an effort to show my gratitude for a kind act.
Yes, I suppose I could send a quick Facebook update or quickly type up a generic email and hit send, as it seems now that more and more people are on social media and use this as their sole source of news and information. But is that really as personal as a handwritten note? For me, the answer will always be no. Now don’t get me wrong, and please don’t be offended, I enjoy those social media posts and emails from friends and family too, but I enjoy sending out a more personal note. Today, I am trying to keep alive the card writing tradition my family instilled in me. I remember my mother and grandmother writing thank you notes and I am sure even her mother sent notes too. It makes me happy to pick out just the right card for the person I am thanking and then sit down and hand write a personal note. I feel like I am connecting with that person on a level that a social media posting or email just could not do. I want the person to know that I genuinely appreciate their kindness and have taken the time to focus on them and what they have done. Moreover, if they are like me, I hope that they will enjoy going to the mailbox and seeing a brightly colored envelope with a card inside. It makes me happy when I get something else in the mail besides bills and advertisements and I would love to share that happiness.
So, as I end this blog I invite you to think about sending a note to someone today. And whether you send out handwritten cards, social media posts, or just a quick scribble on a piece of paper, know that there is a person on the other end who is most likely very happy to receive a note from you. Thanks for taking the time to read this please feel free to leave feedback about the blog or your thoughts about handwritten cards.
Today’s guest blogger, Dawn Muir-Frost is an avid crafter. She is an architectural historian by day and a crafter at night. She loves to create designs for scrapbook pages and cards from her home in Virginia where she lives with her Boxer dog named Tigger. She has been cross stitching since she was eight and continues to love it more every day. You can find her handmade cards, scrapbook pages, and cross stitch pieces in her Etsy shop DawnFrostDesigns.
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