Is a thank-you note too much to ask?

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Editorial: June 26, 2013

TOPIC: Thank You cards, notes
OUR VIEW: Be thankful, be kind

Remember that $20 in the envelope or gift card you dropped in the mail for the recent high school graduate you know?

Maybe you showed up at the graduation party and handed it to the person getting ready to move onto a new phase of life with a hug or pat on the back.

It may have prompted a note of thanks’ that’s stuck in the mail somewhere. Or not.

Likely, it has not been mailed or even thought to be mailed. Maybe the note of thanks for you remembering the graduate on their big day is not even a memory now.

This space is reserved for many things on a daily basis. Today, it provides a reminder about demonstrating manners and doing the right thing.

Like when someone takes the effort to buy a graduation card and then gives money to show their support and generosity, the least the recipient could do is take a few minutes to say thank you. Either deliver the note in person or drop it in the mail. That’s all anyone should expect in return.

But it indeed has become rare.

You don’t give gifts or cards necessarily to be told thank you, but admit it: It sure would be nice, especially coming from someone who likely is between the ages of 16 and 23.

The wording inside the card doesn’t need to be long-winded, just to the point. Just two words would do: “Thank you.’’

And maybe we can’t expect someone in their late teens or early 20s to do this. After all, maybe mom and dad never showed the way regarding how to be courteous and thankful to others so Johnny and Julie are just following their parents’ path?

But learning at an early age that it is an appropriate gesture to offer a note of appreciation could go a long way for youngsters in life. There’s nothing wrong with dropping a note to an employer after a job interview or a card of thanks to someone who watched your dog during vacation, brought food by or just called after a family death.

Being a decent and caring human being is a good thing in this crazy, fast-paced world.

All it takes is a little time for a thank-you card.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.