I got this email yesterday from a Highland Park High School parent who wished to remain anonymous, so much so that I’m not even sure whether it’s from a mom or dad:
Are manners and handwriting outmoded? My child just graduated HPHS, and we’ve gone through the fun of giving and receiving graduation gifts. However, I’m shocked at the thank you notes – and lack thereof. As I’m writing, it’s June 12, and there are 9 gifts we delivered mid-late April which have yet to be acknowledged…7-1/2 weeks later! Further, the handwriting on the notes we have received makes me wonder where the school instruction has gone on this subject. Chicken scratch printing from 18- and 19-year-olds was heartbreaking. Clearly, they have written this way for 12 years in HP schools without any more being demanded of them.
Sound off, parents. Does this match up with your thank-you-note experience?