The Art of Thank You in the Digital Age

Don't judge me, Emily Post. I get it. Handwritten notes are cool, and people like them. Heck I like them. When was the last time I got something in the mail other than a bill? Or a Chinese food menu? But here's the dirty little secret of busy moms everywhere, Emily. If I have to wait until I have the time to sit down and hand write a thank you for every birthday, baby shower, Christmas, just-because gift we receive in this family, it's just not going to happen.
I've tried, Emily, but on the list of priorities in my household, keeping the kids alive and the house standing are very, very high and handwriting thank you notes, well I'm sorry to say it's a low priority. Almost non-existent. It's not that I don't want to say "thank you" or that I'm not grateful. I am, truly. But, there are only so many hours in the day and most of those are already spoken for. It's a new age, Emily. We can communicate instantly and often do. I can get real-time updates from the sitter on what the kids are doing including pictures. I can speak face-to-face with family members across the globe. It's almost as good as being there. Almost. So, if I'm not going to write thank you cards, what am I planning to do you might ask? What if I told you that I could create a thank you note almost instantly that included not only an easy and quick way to say thank you but also allowed me to show each individual how much my kids are enjoying their gift? That's pretty cool too, right Em? I think if you'd had access to an app like OurGifts that could help you keep track of not only the gifts and the people who gave them, but let you create a custom thank you note and send it instantly, your rules for thank you notes might evolve a bit. It is after all the digital age, and how and when we say "thank you" is ever-evolving.

- A Busy But Grateful Mom