In Appreciation

Call me old-fashioned, not with the times, or even schoolmarmish, I cannot say enough how I appreciate a well-intentioned thank you.  Whether a wave from a stranger in a car,  a smile followed by a nod in a waiting line, it matters to me.  When it comes in the form of writing it is especially sweet but when in handwriting, that thank you lingers in my heart for a very long time.

As I transition back into the work force, I want to share these heart-felt notes that came my way from the volunteer experiences I recently had.  The first is from Buffalo City Mission where I taught knitting during their winter semester.  We had a very successful time as evidenced by the ladies’ projects as seen here.  I am heading back for their summer session and look forward to new projects while promoting our big idea of Stitch(ing) Away Stress.  That’s the name of our class.

This other hand-written thank you is from the head of the Wednesday crew where I served as an on-site construction worker for 1 1/2 years.  Both Chuck and I are moving to other opportunities but his kindness and compassion in helping me find my way during that time will live with me into eternity.  I will very much miss Habitat for Humanity, Buffalo while on my employment hiatus but who knows, with my newly obtained skills as a construction worker, I may be back!

2 responses to “In Appreciation”

  1. Thanks for sharing this Holly. To encourage gratitude in the heart of my daughter, I have “thank you note time” on her weekly schedule. During this time she thinks of someone who has given her a gift (whether it be tangible or through volunteer efforts) and writes them a note of thanks. This week, my kids attended Vacation Bible School at a local church. They prepared cards to thank each helper in their group and handed them out at the conclusion of the program. Expressing gratitude benefits both the giver and the receiver. “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart” -Zig Ziglar


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