“Thank you” is a little word but it can be powerful if used correctly.
My sister-in-law has yet to master this, to illustrate; my husband and I got a “thank you” card for her children’s Christmas presents arrive on the last day of February. This in itself is almost funny – in an AT her sort of way, however at the weekend the mother-in-law mentioned that s-i-l thought she had posted the card previously but was turning out her bag last week and found three cards at the bottom of it.
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If that had been me I would have popped a quick text message over to the three people concerned BEFORE the cards arrived, just to set the scene, but nope the sister-in-law instead asked her mother to make a half-assed apology on her behalf.
My husband’s response was that we might buy the children presents in future (including for the birthday a couple of weeks ago where we sent a card though the post but hadn’t posted a present – although we were considering handing one over the next time we are up). My response can be summed up as “screw this!”
I am not sure what we will actually do for presents ongoing, but I’m not seeing the appeal of giving if “thank you” is such an afterthought for these people.
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