Since spring has decided to come along, I decided to do some spring cleaning at the family home and unfortunately received a terrible surprise. While going through some boxes I found a bundle of thank you notes, and not just any extra blank thank you notes. I found the thank you notes that I had hand written for my graduation cards and presents. I am a freshman in my spring quarter of college so these notes are just a few months shy of a year old and of course, I am quite embarrassed.
The only way I can think this happened is that when I left the bundle on the kitchen table (my mum told me she would get the stamps and send them off), they were swept into the box when the table was cleaned off for dinner. With the chaos of a large family, the box ended up sitting on the floor and no one thought anything about it. Now my mum is not the most organized person and with two younger children to take care of, I do not blame her for forgetting.
Now I am left with this stack of notes, feeling terrible. Some very distant relatives that I had never even met sent money and gifts for my graduations and now they must think I am a spoiled brat. Not to mention how I must look to all the closer relatives who I saw over the holidays. I can’t believe no one asked or made a comment.
So what in the world do I do? Is the damage done or is it a “better late than never” situation? Do I send an explanation for the tardiness? Please may I have some guidance? 0326-11
If we put this to a vote, I’d wager that 90% plus of readers of EHell would advise simply sending off the notes posthaste with no explanation. Then relatives’ opinions of you are merely relegated to thinking you were an industrious first year college student. If anyone comments about the tardiness of the notes, then you can explain in such a way that does not place blame on your mom since ultimately you, being an adult, were responsible for your actions to make sure the notes were stamped and placed in the mail.