Wednesday, January 12, 2011

You've Got Bad Mail....

My 7th graders are so much fun to sit around and shoot the breeze with. Today we were chatting about mail during some homeroom time, and we all agreed that receiving mail is fun. They reminisced about how exciting it was to receive a party invitation in the mail when they were young- like in kindergarten. But it cracked me up when they talked about how much they HATED....and I do mean HATED receiving thank you notes. Intrigued, I asked, "How could you hate a thank you note?" One girl passionately explained, "You see an envelope sitting there, and you are still excited about a party that you attended the week before. You, of course, remember that the invitation to that great party came in an envelope. You have party on the brain, so you see this OTHER NEW envelope and you think Oh yay- another party invitation yippee, but it's not. It's just a stupid thank you note that you can't read anyway because you're 5." They all chimed in saying that they used to open those thank you notes and basically throw them down in disgust. How very interesting and amusing... I learned something new today. And I've got a haiku to prove it.
Yippee! I've got mail!
(I betcha it's an INVITE)
Boo...no it is not.
post signature

12 comments:

momto5minnies said...

LOL ... my older girls have said the very same thing.

Cheryl Lage said...

You know in a way, this makes me angry. I'm not inviting them to any parties. ;)

Cheryl Lage said...

Maybe Hallmark should reconsider the size of invites and/or thank you notes. ;)

Nancy said...

hmmm. that IS interesting insight. Perhaps Thank You postcards are in order so there's no expectation from the very beginning.

What A Card said...

Oh, that is funny! I just got a thank you today in the mail, and I thought it might be an invite or something! I wasn't angry at the thank you, but I can totally see it!

Lisa@UnexpectedJourney said...

Ha! Ha! I guess I'm like your 7th graders. I get so excited to see an envelope with handwriting on it. I think that maybe someone who I haven't heard from in ages is writing me or maybe it's an invitation to something. It's always a thank you note from our auto mechanic. He fools me every time! I guess he has to thank us for all the vacations we enable him to take.

GrandmaK said...

I can certainly identify. OOPs...not an invitation, silly me! Cathy

Totallyscrappy said...

I thought I was the only one feeling that way...

Threeundertwo said...

So if everybody hates getting thank-yous, why are we all still sending them? Interesting.

Laura said...

I love a thank you note, especially a sincere one.
I go to great lengths to have my students understand the importance of a thank you note.
I will continue to send them .

Jen said...

This is so funny because this week my 4 yo got 2 thank you notes AND a party invitation - and she seems to love them all :) I love what your students said though!

Lisa said...

How funny is that? I'd have never guessed! I reckon I'd better assume that most grown-ups don't feel the same way? And I can't feel better about being so late on my Christmas thank-yous.