It all started on a busy day in the summer of 2011. Scott and I were mid-engagement, and after a long day of work, we were opening some wedding presents at my house. It seemed innocent enough, but it was the first day I forgot to write what we received in my wedding thank you note notebook. It was a great idea, that thank you note notebook. It included every piece of information I would need to properly thank people for gifts.
Things kind of spiraled from that one day. I decided that if I kept all the wedding cards and shipping invoices and wrote down on them exactly what that person gave us, I would be fine. Turns out, that’s not the most reliable record-keeping method.
Miss Manners told me that I had a year to thank people for wedding gifts in a “timely” manner, so I procrastinated for a while and hoped that a spreadsheet of notes to write would miraculously appear. Miss Manners shouldn’t have given me such a long deadline. She should know me better than that by now. Miss Manners and I have been acquainted for a long time.
Fourteen months after the wedding, I am willing to publicly admit defeat. The final straw happened a while ago, but I was really hoping for that non-existent spreadsheet.
I tried to get back on the thank you note train a few months ago. Then I heard from my mom that I had written to her friend twice already (after I had just finished a third thank you note to her and was getting ready to mail it… thought it felt familiar). And that was that. Every attempt at organization had failed, and I absolutely don’t know who I’ve thanked and who I’ve left out.
I’m sorry, I really really am. We use our wedding gifts all the time. We love them, I just don’t have records that help me finish this thanking task. It’s as simple as that, and I apologize. I’m getting better.