It seems silly to thank someone for thanking you for thanking them. Keyword: seems. But sometimes one of those seemingly superfluous “thanks” can really make someone’s day. In this case, it was my day.
A friend of mine from the old neighborhood was the 50th person to join this weblog’s Facebook family. The reward for that stunning accomplishment was a choice between a lightly read book (I think I sent her The Postmistress…) and chocolate from The Chocolate Path. Strangely, she chose the book. I guess I sold it to her pretty effectively.
Anyway, in the package I included a New Year’s Card (since I never manage to get holiday cards out on time) and a note thanking her for taking the time to like the page. Just this week, I received back the coolest Thank You for Thanking Me card ever.
Her husband had picked up an old Smith Corona typewriter at Housing Works, and she typed out (with handwritten annotations and punctuation) the note onto a vintage-looking card. Seeing the type-written card brought me back to the earliest days of college and using the correction strips to erase errors and making sure to proofread three times before pulling the paper out of the machine.
In the note, she mentioned what fun it was to get a package. ”No one sends stuff anymore, ya know?” At least no one sends stuff anymore that doesn’t have an Amazon or Zappo’s middleman.* Somehow, it’s just that much more special to take the time to touch and hold and make a mark on an actual card.
Don’t you agree?
* Actually, at least one person does. If you want to start writing more letters in a more tactile manner, check out this blog and take the challenge.