Thank someone — anyone, for helping make this country what is …

Yesterday, I wrote … with a nice black felt tip pen, not a word processor … twelve thank you notes. And when each one was finished, I couldn’t help but admire the curls, the angles, the varying thickness in the letters and, I imagined, that the recipients would be equally pleased by the appearance — not to mention the delivery of a hand written note.

Admittedly, it would have been easier and far less time consuming to just pound out a template, print twelve times, fold, address, and mail off with my signature at the bottom — BUT, in my humble opinion, that’s not really expressing gratitude, is it? Not when the people that I was thanking took more than a few hours from their lives to do something that benefited me, not them. They deserved more than a processed piece of multipurpose paper and ink dropped from a cartridge. They deserved to be told that I was truly thankful for what they had done in a hand written note, regardless of the fact that technology has blessed us all with the ability to write our words in Word.

Note, this is a partially a repost from a while back but since it hit the mark I opted to put it up again. On another note, because it cannot be overlooked, today, of all days, think about what it is that makes our country and our people so great. Remember the lives lost, the lives forever changed and remember the gut-wrenching feeling you had fourteen years ago when you began to slowly learn of the tragedy that hit our nation. Then take out a piece of paper, take a pen, and write — do not type — a thank you note to someone … maybe the waitress that gave you an extra serving, the mailman who put your delivery in plastic so it wouldn’t get wet, the teacher that stayed after to be with your child when you were running late. Thank someone today — irrelevant of political party or other affiliation — for just doing what they do to help make this country a great place to live. #Remember911

Today’s post inspired by The Daily Prompt – Handwritten: “When was the last time you wrote something by hand? What was it?”

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Arpita says:

    Great post, Shauna! :)

  2. rogershipp says:

    I still tech my students to write cursive! They think that it is art… in a way, it is!

  3. LC Hunt says:

    You ended that soooooooo appropriately and kudos to you for the handwritten Thank You notes. My step-mother raised me to always do the same. It means a lot to people. As an older mommy raising children 12 years old and 10 months (older one moving on his own almost 18 yrs and he really is that between technology child, so always did math in his head), it is tough. I have become so much more conscience over these years because of technology and peer influence (considering that I am a techie professional it is quite a contradictory life, but hey … these are my children). Regardless, I went to a Catholic School that taught the value of doing the math problem out and beautifully written script (handwriting classes each day). I always took such pride when my paper was placed on the wall of achievers and have been fighting with my son to do the math out regardless of what the teachers say because sometimes there are no calculators (like when you spur of the moment shop and need to stay within budget); children today are taking pride in their being at the top of their 'Call of Duty' or mobile phone friends list (my 12 year old is no exception although I am trying hard to make him be) opposed to these details. Schools are neglecting such details as well. Thanks for following at http://MotherBabyChild. – I am following you back and really reading what you have to share. Congrats on your new book :) Hugs & Blessings

  4. The FTM says:

    I love a handwritten note! Thanks for following FTM! Following you back!

  5. LadyD says:

    Following you back! My mother-in-law and cousin love to write letters. I think everyone enjoys receiving a note in the mail. Great post!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Hello! I'm your newest follower and would love it if you could follow me back :)

  7. WarmSunshine says:

    Hey there! Thanks for visiting and linking up with me on the perfect line. Already a GFC follower, now following you via Twitter (@meqsi) :)

  8. LunarAle says:

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  9. Kelly says:

    I, too, hope that the art of hand-written notes won't be lost in this age of technology.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and thanks for following.

    I am now following you back:)

  10. Slamdunk says:

    Excellent idea Shauna.

    My problem is that my cursive and handwriting both look like that I am doctor writing prescriptions. My problem though.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  11. renate says:

    really liking your blog and looking forward to following you and your thoughts! glad you stopped by and hope too se you again soon:) big norwegian hugs – r

  12. MiMi says:

    I do hand written notes all the time. I just really appreciate them so I assume others will too.

  13. Dawn says:

    I totally agree…cursive should not become a lost art! Good post. Thanks for following me, following you back! Have a great weekend!

  14. Michelle says:

    I agree with you. I hope that writing is something that we hold on to! I know that there are a lot of things that we don't do any more as technology advances (thank goodness) like washing clothes by hand on a washboard, keeping food in an ice box. Those things make our life easier. But, holding onto some things that are more personal, like writing make our lives more intimate. I guess I'm afraid we'll start to lose all of our intimacy? thanks for stopping by my other blog!

  15. A handwritten note is always a joy to receive. It shows that someone took the time to speak to me. I supposed a typed note is the same but there is just something special about a hand written note. It's funny you discussed the end of teaching cursive writing in some schools. We discussed this at our dinner table and we felt that with all the advances in life, why would we limit ourselves by not teaching something. In some schools in the world, cursive is taught instead of printing since we see printing when we type – will this mean we will increase our difficulties communicating with others?
    Thanks for following my blog, following you on twitter (can't find your GFC button).

  16. Brooke says:

    In my world handwritten thank you notes are a must! Thanks for visiting my blog over at I will be following your posts!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Very well written!

  18. I love this! I was always taught to hand write thank you notes. Well, I should begin by saying, I was also taught the importance of writing and sending thank you notes. It is definitely a fading art though and I appreciated hearing your thoughts on this topic!

    I am now following you back! Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!

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