I never sent out thank you cards. I know, it’s extremely rude and inconsiderate. My problem was is that I didn’t know what to write (I’m not even getting into the mindless rewriting…and I would never pre-print them, that’s lazy and unappreciative.) I just couldn’t bring myself to cop-out and write the clichéd, but perfectly acceptable,
“We appreciate you sharing in our Simcha and your generous gift….blah blah blah….may we continue to be a source of nachas….build a bayis neeyman b’yisroel…continue to share in many more simchas”
It’s just too formal(and in the printing world thank you cards are called informals); not my style.
No one even reads thank you cards. They just look to see who sent it. But still, I had nothing to write. I’m a freakin’ Writing teacher and I couldn’t string together a few nice words…maybe it’s being a Writing teacher that gave me the pressure that I had to write something better and different – validate and prove myself.
It’s a year late, and I finally have something to say.
This is a sample of our thank you cards.
We know this thank you card is coming a year late, and while it may break all the rules of protocol, courtesy and proper etiquette, Mrs. TooYoungToTeach and I don’t regret it. You see, we appreciate you joining in our simcha and your gift so much more now, than we did then.
We understand a bit more about what it means to juggle a schedule, balance a budget, and life.
So, yeah, we’re really rude that we never thanked you before, but the thanks you’re receiving is a lot more sincere.
-Mr. & Mrs. TooYoungToTeach
It’s a bit brash, not as apologetic as it should be, honest, very informal, and VERY me.
Just mailed out the first batch today, we’ll see if we get any feedback on it, in the meantime, I’ll have to rely on yours (that means comment!)