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Thank You Note “Ooops” Made Right

I think this story shows that graciousness and kindness are not dead.

This year was the first year I had let my daughter write her thank you notes for Christmas gifts unsupervised as she wanted to show mow how grown up she could be. Some of the lovely people at our church had given her small gifts that she was very excited about. She handed her notes out last Sunday at church (in sealed envelopes) along with home made chocolates she had made.

I got a very apologetic call from one of the ladies later. She wanted to let me know that my daughter had mixed up her thank you note with another lady of the same name. She was very gracious about it and begged me not to tell dd. she was going to swap notes with the other lady next week. She was only telling me in case someone mentioned it to her and she didn’t want dd to feel upset that she had mixed them up. I wrote an email to the other lady explaining and she just said she had noticed but was so grateful to have received the note and gift she hadn’t even thought of mentioning it. 0105-14


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  • livvy17 January 6, 2014, 9:36 am

    It’s such a small thing to do, I’m always amazed at how few people write thank-you notes. It’s a real shame that a lot of kids these days won’t even acknowledge receiving a gift, much less sending out some sort of appreciation, and many more think a text is sufficient thanks. Sigh. I’ve had my daughter send thank you notes since she was able to write, and now she really enjoys it – since so many people are so overwhelmed to be properly thanked, they often write her back to say how happy they were to be thanked. (!)

  • CaffeineKatie January 6, 2014, 9:46 am

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  • L.J. January 6, 2014, 10:24 am

    Everyone else will probably tell you this as well, but I can’t resist complimenting you and your daughter on her wonderful manners.

  • Jewel January 6, 2014, 11:34 am

    It sounds like your daughter is turning out to be a wonderful young lady. Kudos to you for parenting her well.

    I may well end up in the minority with this opinion, but my impression of the woman who called to inform the OP about the note mix-up is that she’s a total attention seeker/drama queen. All she needed to do was get in contact with the other parent to swap notes. Instead she made the nonsensical call to the OP to reveal a minor mistake while “begging” the OP not to tell her daughter? Ugh. Watch that one; there’s something wrong with her.

    The reaction of the other parent (who noticed the mix-up but didn’t feel need to call attention to it) was right on.

  • Alex January 6, 2014, 11:51 am

    Such a good job having your daughter write thank you notes! I was raised always writing them (I am in my late twenties) and I am amazed at how many people my age have never written them. It is unbelievable to me as even if I am given a gift and thank the giver in public, I still write a note. It just shows manners and that you were thankful for the gift they gave you.

  • JeanLouiseFinch January 6, 2014, 2:11 pm

    That was a sweet story. I hope your daughter has many opportunities to write thank you notes in the future.

  • Marozia January 6, 2014, 3:31 pm

    What good manners you taught your daughter!!
    So it got mixed up….that’s the least of your/their problems. At least they got ‘thank-you notes’.

  • cathy January 6, 2014, 5:32 pm

    That’s so nice! I don’t know anyone who writes thank you notes anymore. Nor anyone who is teaching their kids to write them. Sad. Congrats on raising a lovely daughter.

  • gb January 6, 2014, 6:05 pm

    I think that is very sweet of your daughter. Little honest mistake.

  • L January 6, 2014, 11:14 pm

    I love stories like this one! Poise, kindness, and graciousness from all parties! What a treat.

  • Kirsten January 7, 2014, 7:50 am

    I agree with Jewel on all counts.