Friday, July 8, 2011

The Thank You

Dear Goldie,

Am I enchanted? You bet. Thanks for giving me such a relaxed good time at dinner.

When Jane Weintraub told me where I was sitting, I was a little worried only because I’m not too hot of a dinner partner. (I didn’t ask you to dance – on that one, look at it this way – you’ve still got 2 good feet.)

Anyway you were a fantastic dinner partner. You made me feel welcome and totally at ease. I didn’t even have to unveil my 12 point plan for dealing with Gorbachev. Thanks for being so darn nice!!

Good Luck –
George Bush

This note from President George H. Bush to Goldie Hawn is a wonderful example of a kind thank you note that is not necessarily due to a gift. You can find this note and many other fine examples of thank you notes in The Art of Thank You by Connie Leas.

During the summer of 1991, I had the privilege of serving President Bush as a White House intern in the Office of Political Affairs. It was an incredible experience that I will always treasure.

The summer was a whirlwind of hard work and play!

Although I spent the majority of my time in the Old Executive Office Building and not the West Wing, I found President Bush to be a lovely man who is down to earth and kindhearted. This adorable thank you note is one of example of his wonderful personal side.

When do you write thank you notes? Do you write thank you notes to people even when you do not receive a gift, but rather, the person is kind to you or helps you in some way?



  1. I am definitely making more of an effort to write TY's more frequently -- especially "just because".

    Now, if only we could get thru all of our wedding gift thank-yous first! Eeek!

  2. that is such funny and sweet note! I love giving and receiving thank you cards.

  3. I do write thank you notes for everything! I am constantly trying to become better at it, as I think we can always improve :) Oddly, some people have said to me "I got your note. How lovely. You really didn't need to do that." I wasn't sure how to take that? Of course I didn't "need" to do that. I didn't feel obligated. I just wanted to let them know how much I appreciate them, and their kindness.

  4. What a special experience! Yes, writing thank you notes is a must!

  5. Wow! I'm impressed!

    I write TYs all the time. Mostly recently I wrote one for someone who did me (what I considered to be) a huge favour. Since she was able to help me out I knew a hand written TY was most appropriate.

  6. Belated Birthday Wishes! How wonderful you did your internship at the White House...I'm sure you learned so much about protocol and interpersonal relationships.
    Thanks for sharing!



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