When Thank You Notes Seem Inappropriate
Yet sometimes a formal thank-you note seems... odd.
Though I might write a note of appreciation as a surprise, I’ve never written a formal thank-you note to a boyfriend after he treated me to dinner or bought me a gift.
In times I’ve lived with other people, I haven’t routinely written thank-you notes when they handled a household chore or took care of something around the home for me when I traveled for work. (If traveling for play, I’d always bring back a small appreciation gift—but never wrote a formal note to accompany it.)
My brother regularly has groups of friends and family over to his house to watch a big game or a television show (he and I love “The Amazing Race”). I haven’t written him a proper thank-you note after any of these occasions.
Yet maybe I’ve made mistakes all these years—and thank-you notes have wider application than I’d thought.
When else might a thank-you note might seem tone-deaf?