My Aunt and Uncle live in Canada, specifically out in the country, and as such I don’t see them very often. In fact, the last time I saw them was at my Grandmother’s funeral a few years back. Yet every year, they always send my sister and me a Christmas gift. This year, they sent me a beautiful, hand made Doctor Who scarf, but due to some familial issues, the gift didn’t arrive until last month.
I really do love the gift and as they usually call in April for my birthday, I thank them profusely then (again, due to familial issues we don’t have a lot of contact with them). But this year, they didn’t call at all. As I mentioned, I got the gift in May and now I’d like to send them a Thank You Note.
This is where the question comes in: I have a visual-spatial disorder that effects my handwriting and makes it VERY hard to read if you haven’t seen if before. Even when I make an attempt to write neater, I’ve been told that it is still hard to read. Because I have never sent this Aunt and Uncle a letter before, I doubt they’d be able to read it. My question is if it would be okay to type a letter of thanks on the computer? I usually rely on the computer for things that are typically handwritten (homework, other types of letters, etc.) but I know that computer generated Thank You Notes are looked down on. I’m still in High School, and as I’ve always thanked people in person, I haven’t sent a Thank You Note in a while (I’m sorry!) so I’m not sure of the Etiquette involved here.
Any help would be appreciated! Thank you! 0605-14
Is there a particular reason why you could not call your aunt and uncle to thank them instead of waiting for them to call you?
Etiquette isn’t so rigid and legalistic as to require people with disabilities to adhere to standards of protocol that are well within the capabilities of the average person. I really doubt anyone expects to receive a handwritten note from Stephen Hawking or Christopher Reeves when he was alive. So write your thank you note on the computer but soften the mechanical harshness of it with chit chat about the family, what you have done since seeing them last, how much you love the scarf, etc. And then sign the note in your own handwriting if you can.