Friday, September 19, 2008

'Thank You'

I have always felt weird about Thank You cards. It's not that I'm not grateful at Christmas or my birthday... but writing thank yous seems so superficial and not very genuine.

"Thank you [person's name] for the books. I can't wait to start reading them. Look forward to seeing you again. - Brooke" They seem to follow a predictable format and pattern and are more of an expectation than something I do because it feels right. I would rather call them and thank them and check-in or give a gift to show that I am appreciative and grateful, something that really fits the person and makes me think of them.

I had just started to work on my thank yous from my baby shower, but those and my list burned up. I hope the people who came understand and know that we are thankful.

I'm now at a complete loss. How do you ever begin to express your gratitude to all the people who have helped? A card just doesn't seem to be enough. How can you thank someone you've never met and yet who has sent you a gift to help rebuild simply because they can't imagine losing everything and were touched by your story? While it's our intention to send out thank yous once the baby is born, I know it's not enough. I suppose the only way that I can truly thank people is to continue to push forward, to rebuild, and to help others in need as they experience tragedy in their lives. And I will continue to tell my story... not only because it helps me heal, but because I believe it allows others to as well. Thank you for being a part of my story.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Brooke, As one of those strangers who just wanted to help out - I can assure you no thank you note is expected or needed. Certainly everyone understands how much you have going on. I hope things are going okay and you and baby are doing well. Continued thoughts and prayers your way. Take care of yourself.