While it is important to thank someone for a gift, maybe the most touching thank you's are not for the Christmas or birthday gifts. Thank you notes to friends, teachers, family for just being there, for small kindnesses, for inspiration, for all those intangible things that we take for granted. Reading over those notes, I realize that only now do I truly apprehend how important a thank you note can be!
I have had a blogging friend for several years now, Deborah McLaughlin--quilter and librarian--two things I appreciate! She doesn't keep up with her blog any longer, but she is a FB friend, so I can continue to keep up with her. (I know; I swear every day to Quit FB, and I can't resist going back.)
Anyway, she posted on FB a letter from a Lady-in-Waiting to Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in response to the birthday wishes the McLaughlin's and their daughter sent the Queen in 1990, when the Queen Mother had her 90th birthday. This year Elizabeth II turned 90 (must be some good genes on the distaff side!), Deborah OK'd my use of her pic.
Now that is a keepsake!
Have you ever written fan mail? To an important figure, a celebrity, or an author? I never have. I suppose fan mail is really a letter expressing appreciation, a longer form of the thank you note.
James Preller regularly receives fan mail because he makes it a point to visit schools. I've mentioned before his willingness not only to respond to his fan letters, but to make them funny and personal.
On his school visits, Mr. Preller encourages teachers and readers to include an SASE and does his best to write replies. He doesn't guarantee a response to every letter, although his response rate is very high.
(Used with Mr. Preller's permission.)
I'm going to encourage Mila, Max, and Bryce Eleanor to write letters to their favorite authors...and to read some of James Preller's books! They would be so thrilled to receive a reply!