Thanks for Thank-You Notes

October 19, 2014

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Dear Thank-You Note,

Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials. Everything is emailed or texted. 

Ah, but there’s hope in the form of Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show.” I admit I don’t stay up late enough to watch him, but The New York Times wrote a story “The Found Art of Thank-You Notes.” It’s terrific humor. One example: “Thank you, Chris Christie,” Fallon writes, “for going back for seconds.” And I’d add, may be even thirds.

So, thank-you note, hang in there. Emily Post is still relevant. Proper etiquette is alive and well. Now, if someone could write in cursive.  Many schools aren’t even teaching it any more! I’m afraid the beautifully shaped letters with their majestic curves are going the way of the record player and the typewriter. Of course, I still have both. 

Your faithful practitioner,

Bill Marriott

P.S. Emily Post said this about the thank-you note: 

“It's always correct to send handwritten thank-yous, and people always appreciate them.  Handwritten notes are warmer and more personal than a phone call or an email, and only second best to thanking someone in person.”

I’d even add, write a quick thank-you note to a friend today, and judge their reaction.  I’m Bill Marriott and “thank you” for helping me keep Marriott on the move. 


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