Today The Boy struggled through the obligatory Thank You cards that follow graduation giving. Of course, family rules of etiquette had to be hammered out first...
"No, you don't have to send a card to Brother1 for the 'I took an IQ test... and it came back negative' ballcap that he sent along with G-Ma. You should, however, mention it in your card to G-Ma. This will assist in keeping the level of negativity at G-Ma's house to a minimum.
No, you don't have to send a card to Brother2 for the Graduation 'Smiley' he texted to you. A simple 'ty' should suffice. Please send the "ty" now, however, as he's already texted me several times to ensure you did indeed receive his "gift".
Please write legibly... in complete sentences. Each card must include more then "Thank you for the money. Sincerely..." You must include at least one sentence about how this gift will help with college purchases. Again, legibly... other people should be able to decipher the message... without requiring a translator."After looking over the completed cards, The Boy and I had a discussion on the importance of handwriting in a technical society. He insists that keyboarding skills are all that one needs in this day and age. Meanwhile, I'm trying to resist the temptation to re-write a few of the (non-family) cards myself... especially those to co-workers. The fact that each is identical should speed the job along, though.