I'm a terrible hoarder and have drawers full of some of my favourite thank you cards and letters. I've kept them for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes because I just like the card itself, and sometimes because the words inside are especially lovely, and sometimes because I'm just rubbish about throwing things away. My children write thank you notes to the tooth fairy and I've kept them with all their teeth in my knicker drawer... Again, I don't like putting things in the bin... Whilst recently reading an article, I came across some particularly unusual and charming thank you letters and it reaffirmed to me that you can write a few words in thanks for pretty much anything.
Even presidents find the time to write. Ronald Reagan thanked the people of the United States for making him president, and Barack Obama penned the following:
Mr. Martel —
My daughter and I just finished reading Life of Pi together. Both of us agreed we prefer the story with animals.
It is a lovely book — an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling.
(Signed, 'Barack Obama')
In 1977 Andy Warhol created another one of his famous screen prints and gave it to his subject.
I'm so proud I finally have your "Liz" and thank you for signing it so sweetly to me.
I do love you.
Elizabeth or Liz
(of A.W.'s fame)
This is one of my favourites:
I must write a special letter and thank you for the dream in the bottle. You are the first person in the world who has sent me one of these and it intrigued me very much. I also liked the dream. Tonight I shall go down to the village and blow it through the bedroom window of some sleeping child and see if it works.
With love from,
And so is this:
Dear Mr. von Fuehlsdorff:
Thank you for your champagne.
It arrived, I drank it and I was gayer.
My all time favourite ones however, are from my two girls. Dear Mummy and Daddy, thank you for our wonderful holiday. We loved every minute of it. xxxx
ps. When's the next one?