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Thinkin Thursday: On Gratitude

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about appreciation. I think we have forgotten manners with my generation. Growing up, I was always forced to write thank you notes for gifts I got. While it was tedious at the time, I now really appreciate it and do the same for my children. I think we expect certain people to just do things and don’t let them know that they are appreciated for doing what they do. It bothers me when I give a gift to somebody and don’t get the thank you. I think that we need to start working on this problem with the next generation or we will soon be living in a world of no gratitude.

As I write this, I feel so old. I feel like I should be telling stories about how I walked 5 miles through the snow everyday to school, uphill both ways. But the truth is, we all like to feel appreciated for the things that we do. It doesn’t take anything to let people know they are appreciated, just a kind word. It truly would improve the energy of the world.

I always make my children write thank you notes for gifts they get. I may not get them out the next day, but it is always within 2 weeks. I even get my four year old in on it. Though she can’t write the whole thank you, she can sign her name under where I write the thank you. Yes, this is a laborious project but I think it necessary. I have gotten pre-made thank you cards with a generic message, and I am even fine with that. I just want to instill the importance of gratitude in my children and for me that means hand-writing all the thank yous. Even though it happens more often than not, I still get upset when I spend the time and money to pick out a gift for somebody and do not receive some acknowledgment.

Today, I got the most wonderful thank you I could think of from my 1st graders class. It was a book that they put together. It started with a poem they wrote thanking me for everything I have done. The poem was typed in the front, and then the kids each wrote a line of it in their writing. They each drew me a picture of me and them. It was wonderful and really made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I wrote them all thank you cards tonight, which I will bring in tomorrow with the teacher’s thank you gifts.

I do hope we can turn this problem around. Just a kind word here and there can really make all the difference in the world to somebody else. It can brighten their day and maybe they can pass that positive energy on to somebody else. Remember to thank the person who holds the door for you, send a quick note for that gift you received and make sure your friends know just how much you appreciate everything they do for you.

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