On Thank You Notes.

On Thank You Notes.

I am the worst about writing thank yous. Case in point: our wedding was in August. I’m still struggling to get out those last few notes. And then I’ve got a big pile of baby stuff that people need to be thanked for. It’s not that I’m not grateful or that I’m numbed to the social niceties. I don’t want to be a barbarian. But when faced with a list of more than fifty names and addresses all of which need sweet, thoughtful, hand-written notes, I turn into a pile of quivering jelly. And then all the excuses come in. . . I’ll do it tomorrow.

And tomorrow and tomorrow…

Of course, I have a bit of an excuse for my extreme tardiness: we came back from the honeymoon and I had to jump straight into a busy semester. Then I got pregnant, so-called “morning sickness” ensued with round the clock nausea, and it was just easier to put things off.

I did manage to get out Christmas cards to all the people on our wedding guest list. But all I had to do there was sign our names and stick on some stamps and address labels.

Thank yous are harder.

But now Dom has found a handy article providing a simple to follow formula for writing these pesky little notes that makes it seem, well, a little easier:

There is a six-point formula to the proper thank-you: Learn it, know it, memorize it � and it will never fail you.

I’m putting this one in my list of bookmarks. And I’ve printed it off to stick in my filing cabinet as well. I forsee a day in the not-too-distant future when it will come out as I guide my child in writing her own thank you notes…

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  • Hi! Melanie! I was checking in on Dom’s blog and saw you have one.
    Just want you to know that I and the other nuns here are praying for you and your little bambina that all will go well! I’m so happy for you!
    Praying for pregnant women seems to be a special intention of cloistered nuns, I’ve noticed! Perhaps that’s because we in a spiritual way are mothers of souls and feel a close connection with you!

  • Thank you very much, sister. We greatly appreciate prayers—especially those of cloistered nuns! I know God loves all of his children, but it seems to me there must be a special place in his heart for the brides whom he has chosen for his very own.

    I love cloistered nuns. Just thinking about them makes me happy. I love making trips to the Carmelite monastery near our house. All the sisters seem so full of joy.

    Dom and I will be praying for you too, and all your community.

    God bless you all in this Easter season.