An Excellent Thank You Note from Mom With An Important Message

My mom taught me how to write thank-you notes. And this note is an excellent example of expressing gratitude. 

She also included a valuable reminder at the end of her note. 

She wrote me this handwritten note after I took pizza and breadsticks to Jennifer’s (my sister) to share with my parents, my other sister, and Jennifer’s family.

The Thank You Note: 

Dear Heidi,

Just a quick note…It was so nice of you to provide all the pizza and breadsticks. The thin crust is very good. I think everyone had a good time at Jennifer’s. Eating and family go together.

Love,

Dad and Mom

What Makes This Thank-You Note Great

My mom has been writing thank you notes for more than fifty years. Her notes are an excellent example of how to write a good thank you note

  • First, my name is spelled correctly. Of course, I would expect that from my mother. However, there are other ways to spell Heidi, and others more familiar with another spelling may use that spelling. This is a small but essential detail when writing a meaningful thank-you note.
  • Mom thanked me for something specific. “It was so nice of you to provide all the pizza and breadsticks.”
  • Then she complimented the pizza. Genuine compliments are good to include in thank-you notes. 
  • The sticker choice was perfect for me, as I love cats!
  • Her closing of “Love” is appropriate as she and my dad love me. Love would not be suitable for a co-worker, job interview, boss, etc.

The Message: “Eating and Family Go Together”

I love my mom’s final statement, “Eating and family together,” as my family enjoys eating together.  Seeing it in writing felt profound as we often eat together without giving it much thought. 

There are many benefits of eating together, according to Earth Easy. It focuses on families with kids still at home, but “Eating together builds closer relationships within the family” can be applied to families at all stages of life. 

Take time to appreciate your family the next time you have a meal with them. 

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Heidi Bender is a writer and author who founded Tons of Thanks. Her goal is to help people write thank you notes by providing  examples examples and tips. She is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes.