Since Everett’s birth we have experienced an outpouring of well wishes and generosity from friends and family, and for this we are very thankful.  This has taken the form of visits, gifts and lots of food for Dad and Mom, which in the latter case was nourishment for Everett as well.  All of this support has made our transition to parenthood much easier.

Melissa and Chris have different styles in how they express thanks.  Melissa believes that thank you notes are a form of social currency, and that by sending them women keep the fabric of society intact.  For his part, Chris was unaware that the fabric of society was in peril, and isn’t completely sure how personalized stationery could fix it if it were.  He prefers a heartfelt phone call or e-mail, if it can’t be done in person, and without generalizing too much this seems to work well among his male friends and relatives.  This may be because men are simply disinclined to send notes, and also because stationery seems designed exclusively for women.  One timely example is Father’s Day cards: it is difficult to find ones appropriate for men to give other men.  Most of them seem designed for women to buy for men to give to other men, who then show them to their significant others.

Having said that, you can be assured that we will still be sending thank you notes for the foreseeable future, and that our thanks is sincere in whatever form it comes.


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