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June 15, 2013

Looking Back: It's always important to express your graditude


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 ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www.




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