Friday, 17 November 2017

A Thing Of The Past


I can't remember when I last received a real letter.
Hand written or typed, inside a stamped envelope and posted through the letter box to be snatched by William who adores baiting the postman.
Yesterday I received a short letter of thanks from The Trelawnyd School's " Eco Committee" for the Flower Show donation to their garden project area.
It rather amused me as it is clear that the Eco Committee consists of a group of small children.
Did we have " committees" in primary school?........shit it was fingers on lips and drink your milk at Penmorfa Primary!

Twenty minutes ago another thank you letter arrived! This time from the Village Friendship Group



32 comments:

  1. My granddaughter was made class rep for her school council, at the grand old age of 4, going on 40.

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  2. We didn't have shit on our fingers or lips in my East Yorkshire village school as this was considered to be unhygienic.

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  3. They're the leaders of tomorrow!

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  4. I certainly wasn't on a committee when I was that young, and I wasn't writing cute thank you notes to people or groups who had done nice things for the school.

    It wasn't an option.

    If it had been an option, maybe I'd be more sociable now. Who knows?

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  5. We had no flower shows or committees in my early school days in North Carolina. But my British great grandmother taught to me write Thank you notes when there were birthdays and holidays ..

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  6. Nice touch, teach them early.

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  7. A written thank you note is so uncommon and it is nice to see that children are being taught to do the right thing.

    I had forgotten about “fingers on lips”. I doubt if the do that today. Besides, kids don’t talk today, they just text.

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  8. I write letters all the time John.. I love 'snail mail' both writing and receiving it... We lived in NJ for a good part of my childhood with my grandparents living next door then when i was 5 they moved to Florida... a warmer climate for my Grandfathers arthritis.. and writing letters was how we kept in touch and its just stayed with me... I rarely get a letter in return as no one else seems to like to write.... but they tell me they enjoy receiving them and i like writing them so i continue. I have found a few friends online that actually write me back and that has been wonderful. Nothing like opening the mailbox and finding a letter or card... Hugs! deb

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  9. Ah, John so nice. I write my sister a letter every couple of weeks....she likes that. Well, I see a new dimension to your flower show.....a junior committee member or two..three or more. What a wonderful way to get them into gardening, give them more life experiences, more set up, ticket selling hands and most importantly, the next generation for the Committee. Cheers

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  10. The Thank You Letters were lovely and of course the Eco Committee one is a keeper !
    I do not write letters anymore(arthritis) I save that for the email but I do send postcards and notes to family and friends. Seeing a card/note in the mail among the bills and junk mail is always a treat.
    I also had my children write... draw Thank You notes starting at an early age. I now get "letters" from my granddaughter that I love.

    Nice post today.
    cheers, parsnip

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  11. I get letters all the time at the moment - two today in fact - and none of them remotely welcome. It would be nice for at least one of them to be something cheerful for a change.

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  12. Having an Eco Council and a Friendship Club is rather impressive, too.

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  13. Liv is on that committee :)

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  14. How lovely that both groups have offered their thanks in the traditional form by letter! Makes your work all worth it doesn't it.

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  15. Happy mail. My mum is an avid letter writer but her writing is getting harder to read. I love her hand writing and that of my late grand mother and great aunt

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  16. I have just lost my dear godmother who faithfully wrote to me from across the pond. Her handwriting was about as decipherable as hieroglyphics. What I wouldn't give for just one more letter in her distinctive style.

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  17. I still get quite a lot of handwritten letters John, perhaps it is my age group who still write.

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  18. 'Dear Santa*/John* (*delete as appropriate).

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  19. Dear Sir or Madam

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  20. We had milk monitors at school (to hand out the milk), no committees or councils that I can recall.

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  21. No hand-written letters, but I still get junk mail.

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  22. I still support our grandchildren to write thank you letters. Though I admit to not writing them myself. Dual standards eh?

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  23. Letter writing is a dying art. Good manners shouldn’t be though. I encouraged my children and now grandson’s to write a simple thank you sentiment for being bestowed a gift or thoughtful gesture. It’s just good manners.

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  24. That is sweet to get those letters of thanks; everyone likes to feel appreciated. As they say, good manners grease the wheel of society.

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  25. I wrote a thank you note to a much younger friend and she was astounded that people still did that!!!

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    1. We have our son sign the ones I write now for gifts he is given. It amazes me how many people no longer write thank you notes.
      I once read advice where they said don't just thank someone for the gift, find a way to mention it and how you look forward to using it or whatever. It makes it more personal and I am glad to see both letter writers did that for John.

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  26. My mother's stage appearances occasionally prompted letters from admirers; I still have them.

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  27. Such a rare thing. We saved all the thank you letters from our nephews over the years. They're both around 40 now and those notes are history!

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  28. I LOVE getting letters.
    That is so sweet that you received those for your kindness. Letter writing really is a dying art.

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  29. I didn't even get so much as a 'thank you' text off my son's girlfriend for the birthday present..... I thought it extremely rude. My son was always made to telephone people to say thank you. He didn't even need telling from the age of about nine or ten. He simply looked up their number in the phone book that we have..... Incidentally, I was Eco Schools project officer for a number of years. I have assessed many a local school for their 'Green Flag'.

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  30. I love 'proper post', and thank you letters are special.

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