“Thank You!” How Many Ways Can You Say It?

“Say, ‘Thank you!’”

“Don’t forget to write a thank you note.”

“Did you say, ‘Thank you’?”

Parents sometimes think they’re all alone out there reminding their kids day after day to say, “Thank you.” I want you all to know that you are not alone. All over the world parents have to remind their kids to say, “Thank you.” In Spain they say “Muchas Gracias,” in France it’s, “Merci,” and in China it’s “Xie xie.” No matter what the language, it’s still magic. Saying thanks lets someone know you appreciate what they did or gave. Without that thanks people feel bad; with it they feel glad. Now that’s magic! Please let us know if you have another way to say thanks. Thanks!

4 comments to “Thank You!” How Many Ways Can You Say It?

  • thankssssssssssssss youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cindy Post Senning

    Youuuuuuuurrrrr wellllllllllcccccommmmmmmmmme!!!!!!!!!

  • S Poirot

    An acquaintance gave me a small package as a gift, and told me not to open it until later. When I got home, I opened the bag and found a small plastic container of food. Normally, I would telephone, and thank the giver for the thoughtfulness, but in this case, there is a wrinkle – and I am uncertain of how to handle the situation. The food was past its ‘best by’ date by quite some time (I am not sure if the giver had any idea that the food was dated). We threw the food out, not wanting to risk any stomach reaction, we cannot, in honesty, tell the giver we appreciated the gift, and enjoyed the food. And since we don’t know when nor how the giver acquired the food, we don’t know if the giver knew it was well past its due date.
    What should we say, or not say, to the giver?
    What is the proper etiquette – to thank and keep one’s mouth closed, or to advise the giver (and protect other potential recipients) that food past ‘best by’ date can be an issue?

    • Cindy Post Senning

      You can always thank the giver for their generosity and/or thoughtfulness and leave it at that. If you are sending a note, give your thanks and then move on to another topic. “Megan, first let me thank you for your thoughtful gift. You are so sweet. I had so much fun seeing you. Wasn’t that the most perfect beach weather ever? Let’s plan to go again soon. Thanks again, S.”

      If you give your thanks by phone, it’s pretty similar. “I just wanted to thank you for your thoughtful gift. You really are the sweetest.” Then move on to something about the day. “Wasn’t that the best day ever? I had so much fun…”

      If she specifically asks you about the food, you have to reply honestly. Just make it your issue – not hers. “You know, I am a complete fanatic when it comes to ‘best by’ dates on food, and I noticed the salad you gave me was past that date so I didn’t eat it after all, BUT I still love the fact that you gave it to me. It looked wonderful. It’s just my current issue.”

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