As technology plays a bigger role in our lives, many thank you notes are now sent by email, text, or private message, and I have been known to send a thank you note or two that way too, but for me, there is something very special about taking the time and effort to write a note, find a stamp and actually get it in the mail.
We have a pretty wonderful forest across the road from where we live. It is owned by our neighbours who live up the road from us. When they moved in about 12 years ago they cut trails through the woods and welcomed us to use the trails as much as we liked. We feel very blessed to have access to the woods so easily. This past winter was harsh, and with the ice storms, many trees came down. As we made our way back to the trails in the spring we found ourselves having to climb over or crawl under fallen trees as we walked through the woods. Last week on one of our morning nature walks all the trees had been cleared and the trails have been freshly mowed. You can imagine how wonderful this was, and definitely filled us with gratitude.
On Tuesday, Reece and I decided to share our gratitude with our neighbours. We spent the morning baking, painting and collecting wild flowers, packaged it all up, wrote a little thank you and then took a walk up the road. When you live in the country, you don't often have people knock on your front door, so we surprised them, and they loved it. We chatted with them for a bit, shared a little about the adventures we have in their woods and then started the walk back home. As we walked down their driveway, hand in hand, both Reece and I smiled at each other, happy to have expressed and shared our gratitude.
Sharing a thank you note is something I will always do, it is a simple gesture that says so much, and I do hope Reece feels the same way as he grows and shares in these experiences with me.
Do you write thank you notes?