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The Importance of Thank-You Notes in Today’s Society

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“Kids these days! They just don’t know how to be thankful for the advantages they have…” We have all heard these kinds of words come out of from some old curmudgeon’s mouth, but really I started thinking about the tradition of the “Thank You” Card. I am not that old (41), but writing a Thank You card for any birthday, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Whatever Gift I received, was absolutely expected by my mother. Of course, when I was a kid, I thought it was a pain, but as an adult, I see more and more the need for such a courtesy.

First, if you send something to someone via the mail or other ‘postage’ service, receiving a Thank You Note lets you know that you gift was received. Secondly, it recognizes the effort the sender went to in sending that package and/or gift. Just a colored picture with a parent’s handwriting on it that says, “Thank You” is a treasure many gift givers will keep.

Recently, Jimmy Fallon took over the hosting duties of, “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno. Jimmy Fallon’s previous late-night talk show featured a segment on Fridays where he would write Thank

You notes to random people and/or organizations. In the same spirit of humor but also thankfulness, Fallon wrote a Thank You Note to Leno in early February during one of Leno’s last episodes. It read:

“Thank you, Jay Leno, for passing the torch to me. Hopefully it doesn’t get intercepted by a Seahawk. Thank you, Jay, for teaching me how to be a late-night host — but was it really necessary for me to ‘wax on, wax off’ your entire car collection? I didn’t know I was going to get Miyagi-ed when I came out here. Thank you, Jay, for giving me such great advice for the Tonight Show like ‘you don’t need a monologue,’ and ‘have you ever thought about getting bangs?’

And finally, thank you Jay Leno, for carrying on the proud tradition of the Tonight Show host with such humor and class and for being nothing but gracious and generous to me over the past years. I will do my best to make you proud every single night. Thank you.”

While the Thank You Note was an obvious attempt at humor, it is an entertaining reminder to our young people that Thank You Notes hold an important place in our society. Learning to be polite, learning to treat others the way you would like to be treated…. These are concepts that our young people need to understand how important they are. We need to set these examples and expect them from our young people. Wouldn’t our world be a much more pleasant place to be if we did?

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