Long Live the Thank You Note!

Sifting through the mail this evening, my interest went first to my W2, but then, in between the ads, popped out a stylish little card, unopened, signaling Alex did not recognize the sender. For the life of me, I did not either. Who the heck do we know in Belmont?

As I opened the wax-sealed envelope and spotted the letterpress Gramr gratitude co. logo, I remembered. A few months back, as we sat and waited for our veggie burgers at Sunflower drive-in, we met two recent college grads headed up to Tahoe from the Bay Area. They had made a detour because somehow Sunflower was Zagat rated, a surprise to us, because it’s good, but it’s a total hippie hole in the wall.

We sat and waited and waited for our food, as is the custom, until we fell into natural conversation with these two strangers. They had that undoubtedly cool Bay Area vibe and soon we were exchanging life stories and listening to their plans for a gratitude company. Our afternoon transformed from run-of-the-mill dog park jaunt to feeling like we were on vacation ourselves, getting to know people we would probably never hear from again but had some pretty darn interesting stories.

Flash forward to today and a remarkably detailed little note of gratitude for our encounter appeared in the otherwise boring pile of mail. Such a simple concept. Reach out and send some gratitude into the universe and that gratitude will keep traveling forward. While their website is still in the works, you can follow them on Facebook or instagram and watch for the launch of their high-quality, heartfelt brand of thank you notes.

Truth be told, I have a secret soft spot for handwritten thank yous, so tonight I’m grateful for the inspiration from Matt Richardson over at Gramr gratitude co. He reminded me that writing a good thank you is a craft and of the importance of being brave enough to chase our dreams… whether they be gratitude start-ups or teaching underprivileged children or writing the next great novel.



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8 thoughts on “Long Live the Thank You Note!

  1. kingmidget says:

    Yes! This is one of those little touches disappearing in the age of technology. I actually had a conversation with my mom earlier this week in which she revealed she has finally given up on the idea that she will get thank you notes from her grandchildren. At least voluntary ones. It is one of those things that I have tried to get them to do, but it gets lost in the rush of all the other “have to’s.” They get a gift from certain people, I tell them they should write a thank you note, and then don’t sit on them to make it happen. It’s a shame. I periodically read things about how sending and receiving real handwritten letters can be so enriching and rewarding and I say “must do more” and then I don’t. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of the why. Now, I just have to follow through.

    • olivia says:

      I agree– and, even for those of us who keep writing thank yous, there is a true art to making the note meaningful. It is easy to say, “Thank you for _____,” it is harder to say it in a way that makes the reader feel truly appreciated. That’s my goal… Write thank yous that make people feel important. I write them to the kids all the time… It’s funny, I think I actually get more gifts as a teacher than I would otherwise because they want to receive a magical thank you note. Maybe there is hope for these notes yet 😉

      • kingmidget says:

        If I understood your description of your time with these two individuals and their thank you note, what was the best part about it is that they were thanking you for nothing more than sharing your time with them. It wasn’t actually anything material or concrete, but in reality, what you did “give them” was more valuable than anything material or concrete could have been. And they recognized that and months later used their note to bring you back to that wonderful experience. It is such an incredible example of the power of words and memories and connections.

      • olivia says:

        I think you’re right– that’s the secret, making it less about the material receipt of something and more about the connection, etc. (A perfect reminder before I tackle the huge pile of baby shower thank yous ahead of me!)

  2. Hi Olivia!

    Relieved that I got the mailing address right, and so joy-filled to read this.. so affirming. Your blog is wonderful! Hope all is well back in Fair Oaks, I’ll drop you a line next time I’m heading up in the direction.

    Be in touch,

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