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I just called my sister-in-law... - Happy's Obsession
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I just called my sister-in-law...
I sent her "Battlestar Galactica 2.0" DVD's from Amazon. I got her Season 1 for Christmas, and she loved it. It was delivered on the 21st - but I didn't hear anything from her. Mind you, I was trying to surprise her with it. So I called.

She thanked me , and then said "I sent you a letter thanking you for it."

I froze. A letter? In this modern age?

"I included some pictures from the California trip," she went on.

Now, I know she had to mail a letter to send the check to pay for it, but... I'd have called to thank someone who gave me a gift. I'm not upset that she didn't call right away, or even that she didn't call... I'm more perplexed, I'd guess. I'm so tied to my life in Cyberia that I forget about other modes of communication (other than direct phone calls, of course).

So, I thought I'd just ask...

If you got something, would you call the person who sent it, or send a letter? I'm just curious...
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bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: January 26th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I would call if it's someone I talk on the phone with. E-mail them if they are more of a "net" friend. And I guess write them a note if they didn't have e-mail?
nola_nola From: nola_nola Date: January 26th, 2006 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Technically, writing a thank you note is more proper etiquette than calling or emailing. Did her mom teach her to write thank yous?

Also maybe sending the pictures was part of her thank you, sending you something in return, so she had to write.
slashpile From: slashpile Date: January 26th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
If it was someone I wasn't expecting something from, I'd maybe write, but it would be a general letter triggered by the event. I never send thank-you cards; nobody I know (even of the older generations) does except for formal events like weddings, births, and silver anniversaries.

If I called someone, it would be right away, sort of like letting them be there with you to see how much you appreciate it. I tend to thank people at the time, or the next time I see or talk with them, in person or in letter.

Although I use thank-you notes for general thinking-of-you notes. Which is a thank-you for being there :)

I don't expect thank-you cards when I give something; the only ones I can remember from the last few years were for having done or said something.
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: January 26th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I still send thank you notes.
quinn222 From: quinn222 Date: January 26th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd send a written thank you note if it was someone I knew off-line. Otherwise I'd send an e-mail thank you not.
rhiannonhero From: rhiannonhero Date: January 26th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've been sending letters for the baby gifts, even from online friends. That has only backfired once because I sent the thank you note and the person thought the gift hadn't arrived and had amazon resend! Ooops!
scheisse_adc From: scheisse_adc Date: January 26th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
i still send thank you notes (though i'm not very good at getting them sent quickly).
skittles From: skittles Date: January 27th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
It depends on who sends it to me. A lot of times, if it's family I'll call AND write a letter. If it's friends I either see them in person, email, or give a quick call.
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