Thank you, Stephanie

Good friends are hard to come by. I am extremely blessed to have good life-long friends. One of those friends is Stephanie.

I met Stephanie her freshman year in college during Rush. One of the nights, some of the girls were telling inspiring stories and some of the rushees were crying. I thought Stephanie was one of them, so I grabbed her a tissue and handed it to her. She gave me a funny look because she wasn’t crying. Turns out she doesn’t cry! (We still laugh about that to this day.) By the end of the week we were sisters. There is a saying in the sorority world, “Sisters by fate, friends by choice.” We chose to be friends.

Life events happened throughout our friendship. I graduated college, got a “big girl job” then she graduated college and attended med school. I was a bridesmaid in her wedding and she in mine.

One of the most important things she has taught me is to be thankful and appreciative and express it! She taught me the importance of sending a hand-written  “Thank You” card. I know that sounds silly, but it really brightens a person’s day to be appreciated. I know it brightens mine.

It started with my wedding. Of course, you have to write personal “Thank You” cards. Actually, I’m surprised by the amount of couples that don’t send these. I was also surprised how much I enjoyed writing them. So much so, I purchased my own stationary with my initials. I thanked everyone.

“Thank you for inviting us over for dinner.”

“Thank you for your hospitality.”

“Thank you for the thoughtful birthday present.”

“Thank you for the laughter.”

It seems obvious that you are thankful for those things, but it is so nice and heartfelt to receive a card. I also really like getting things in the mail!

The other night, I was watching Reese Witherspoon on Jimmy Fallon and she said her mother loves writing “Thank You” cards. She also said her mom loves to tell this joke, “Why do southern women make bad prostitutes?”

“Because they have to send too many thank you notes.”

I’m not sure if this is only a southern gal thing, but I feel like it should be an every soul on Earth thing.

Stephanie and I at her graduation.

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