Growing up I don’t really remember receiving thank you notes, and I am certain I rarely never gave them. As I entered the adult world I began to both send and receive them, and it never ceases to amaze me how powerful a thank you note can be. This could be for the bad, like the time I got a thank you note more than a year after I gave someone a gift, or the time I found a thank you note shoved in a student’s chair pocket when he was supposed to take it home weeks prior. Luckily, these situations are rare and thank you notes usually have a positive result.
When a High School school student who worked in my classroom for two different years graduated she wrote me a thank you note. A conversation could never have expressed what was said in that card.
When I taught 2nd grade an extremely quiet boy wrote me a thank you card at Christmas. It hung on my fridge for 3 years.
At the end of Night Crossing, a 5th grade girl gave one of her leaders a thank you note. The note was read with tears, and then read aloud to others. It brought joy to more than just the recipient.
So as Thanksgiving approaches and we take time to truly remember what we are thankful for, why not find ways cultivate thankful hearts in our homes? This November have your kids make a list of people who have impacted them in recent months, and write cards to those people. You can even go a step farther and have your family pray for these people (read Kristin’s Praying Hands Turkey post here), then mail the notes…you know, stamps, envelopes.
Here are some people to consider…
- Crossing Kids volunteers
- Friends who recently came to play
A thankful heart can be an overflow of the grace and love we have in Christ, and I can’t think of a better way to teach this to kids than by a hands on approach that will bless others.