What I Learned About Thank You Letters From a 5-Year-Old
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The other day, my 5-year-old neighbor peeked through the
bushes, saw me in the driveway, and popped over. She handed me a beautiful hand
made card (see right.)
Did I mention that she recently had a birthday?
On the front of the card, she had written the names of all
our family members. The inside read, “Thank you for the ‘Big Bible Sticker
Book’ and yummy fudge! I [heart] them! Love, Katelyn.”
Ah … refrigerator art!
As I stood looking at Katelyn’s masterpiece (on the fridge
door where I’d affixed it with magnets), I noticed a few things.
- It was personalized. Katelyn had taken the time to write out
all of our names (and she spelled them correctly. Maybe her mom helped.)
- It named the specific gift. Katelyn reminded us what we’d
given her for her birthday. She didn’t used the “thanks for the present” line
that’s much easier when churning out piles of letters.
- It told me what she thought about the gift. Katelyn gave her
reaction. She loved the book and the fudge!
- It was hand signed. OK, the entire card was made by hand.
But you get the point.
- It was made with thought. Now I admit, creating and coloring
cards is a wonderful way to help a 5-year-old occupy some time and teach
gratitude. Yet it is clear that the card was planned carefully (a drawing on
the inner left panel and text on in the inner right panel, if you want to get
technical about it.) And the images were perfect for the look and feel of the
Katelyn doesn’t know that she is already a development
But she knows how to write thank you letters.
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