Enthusiastic children took their cards home to delighted parents, who proudly displayed them on refrigerator doors and then into scrapbooks for the years to come.
There are many times that I reminisce, perusing through our family collections from yesteryear. There are memories galore that nudge on my heart strings ... irreplaceable collections of years gone by. I should have collected more.
A handwritten “thank you” is a special way to let people know that you appreciate their kindness. I believe that, and am personally so happy to have read those short handwritten notes in many of the cards I have received throughout the years. They are truly special and heartfelt.
Believe it or not, I still have boxes of those cards. Every so often, I reminisce and look through them to get ideas for my next mailing to friends that I want to do a little something for just to let them know I care and am thinking of them.
Sometimes there is an opportunity to send a handmade bookmark, a folded pot holder or even a small doily along with the personal note. It is much appreciated, and so easy to slip into the small envelope, usually not requiring extra postage.
Not too long ago I read a disquieting observation: “In this world of cyber communication the hand-written messages of gratitude have become something of an endangered species.” Doesn’t that sound sad? Is the human element of caring, which is a facet of love, in jeopardy? I certainly hope not.
Elaine W. Kniskern is a 80-year-old resident of Schenevus and a grandmother of five. She can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www. thedailystar.com/seniorscene.