Summer is one of my favorite seasons. Something about the summer just screams play, party, fun and leisure. Sure, people have backyard parties in the Spring and Fall, but the summer parties are just so much better. Don’t you agree?
The air is warm (hot in South Carolina), the lemonade is cool, and the strawberries are ripe. That’s what I think about summer. This year, I’ve had several fun little getaways – a beach trip, a dear friend’s wedding, a bachelorette party in Savannah, GA, a girls trip to Mexico, and a road trip to Ohio. Whew, I didn’t realize how much traveling I’ve done this summer until I listed it all out. But, in my day-to-day life here in Charlotte, I’ve also had some fabulous adventures – backyard barbecues, long walks in the neighborhood, and double dates with friends.
Summer is such a busy season for us all. I just graduated from college, so my summer busy may look a bit different from yours, but I think we can all agree that this season brings out the social bug in us all. In the winter, I just want to curl up in my favorite furry throw blanket, but in the warm heat, I just want to go, go, go.
Along each summer’s journey, there are certainly friends & folks we need to say thank you to. To help you keep up, I’ve put together a little list of thank yous you may have forgotten otherwise. And always remember – one thank you a day keeps the long (never ending) list away.
1. Party Host/Hostess
This may seem obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many people forget about this one. It is common to bring along a host/hostess gift to a party, but it also really kind to write a follow up note after the party. In your note, you can include some of your favorite details from the party like the food, drink or decorations. A gift simply says “Thanks for having me here tonight,” but a thank you note tells them, “Wow, I really had fun. You made an impact on my summer memories.”
Your note might go something like this…”Dear Sam, Thank you again for having me over for your summer barbecue bash. Your cole slaw was the best I’ve ever had, and the punch was delicious. I would love to snag that recipe from you next time I see you. It’s always a treat to get together with you and Bill. I can’t wait to see you both at the concert next week. Have a wonderful week!”
Short and sweet will do the trick. But, wouldn’t you love to get that in the mail? Yes, yes I would.
2. Your Summer Helper
In the summer, we seem to need a little more help with the yard, house, and our furry friends. Long vacations and busy days can warrant the extra help. Maybe you’ve had a dog sitter or yard service visit frequently this summer. I had to ask my roommate for a lot of help with my kitten this summer – just feeding and cleaning. It was easy stuff, but it still takes time out of her day. Whether you are paying your helper or not, a kind thank you note can really make a big different in someone’s day-to-day work. A thank you tells that person, “I really really appreciate your hard work. You’ve made my life a lot easier.”
While compensation is often standard and required, writing that little thank you note can tell someone that they are more than just a helper to you. They are important! It will warm their heart just to hear this from you. BONUS POINTS: Bake some cookies and put them with the thank you note!
3. Your child’s instructors/ teachers
Many kiddos join clubs or classes in the summertime. My favorite memories of summer break as a child are horseback riding camp, vacation Bible school, and cheer camp. A lot of little ones enjoy swim lessons, library programs and sports camps. The instructors and teachers in these programs invest their time & skills into your child. So valuable! These are notes that you can write as the parent, or you can sit down with your child and teach them the importance of writing a thank you note.
Again, these teachers are certainly compensated in some way, but a hand-written note is sure to show them how much you appreciate their efforts.
4. Your Travel Buddies
So, this one is a little different. A lot of families go on vacation with close friends or even new friends. Maybe you’ve decided to do a weekend getaway with a new found girlfriend or your some other parents in your kid’s class. Or, it could be a vacation you take every year with your neighbors. Whatever it is, it’s a kind gesture to write a follow up note to those friends. Tell them what a wonderful time you had on this year’s vacation. Writing this note can nurture that friendship (new or old) and show your friend how much they mean to you. You should include some of your favorite memories and mention anything stand-out they did on the trip. Like paying for a dinner one night out, bringing an extra boogy board for your kid, staying to clean up while you rushed home to pick up your pooch from the boarders. Anything like that..
5. And of course, Gifts
Just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean you get a free pass for regular ole’ thank you notes. The summer brings about different gifts like graduation presents, house warming gifts, ‘just because’ sursies, travel souvenirs, and wedding/shower gifts. When I went to visit my sweetheart, William, in his hometown, I was delighted when his mother gave me a bracelet and linen lavendar bag from her travels in Europe. It was so kind of her to think of me during her travels, and even though it wasn’t a birthday gift or graduation gift, I certainly owed her a thank you. Writing a thank you note for little gifts like this is just so polite. The giver is sure to take note of your thoughtfulness.