thank you letters to parents
manifesting gratitude to mom and dad
We often feel awkward on doing certain things. Many think that actually writing a thank you letter to parents as something trivial or unimportant. That the recipients might not appreciate the gesture, or pass it off as frivolous or corny is most probably what scares us most from it. But think again...
Contextualize the matter from the parents' point of view. The adage "actions speak louder than words" can easily be used as the excuse or rationalization that writing words of emotional context is trite or insignificant. But will it really hurt if we can muster enough courage to actually put on paper what we truly feel? This is where the subject of a thank you letter to parents should be seriously considered.
Having those who find difficulty for words in mind, here is an example of a short but succinct letter from one fictional, typical party.
Beth, the daughter writes...
Mom and dad, please don't be surprised with this letter. It is probably something that you did not expect. But I really felt the need to write it now because I might never find the courage nor the urgency to do it.
You have been wonderful parents to me and my siblings. That you have taken the responsibility of raising a large family of four boys and three girls must have meant a rather huge challenge to both of you, when financial resources were not easy to come by. But you have risen to the challenge and done that for all of us.
Only now do I truly know about the selfless sacrifices you had to make. I was just maybe too young to fully understand. In the recent days, I have been reminiscing the "sacrifices" that I have made for my own daughters. And with this, I have become more appreciative of what parents do out of love for their children; striving to give almost everything to make them happy. Indeed, the unwavering love of a parent for his/her children is second to none.
From your ever-grateful daughter...
With the above, it becomes easy to understand that writing down certain things leaves very little to the imagination of a father and mother. A thank you letter to parents will probably be mom and dad's most priced possession, kept as a bounty of love and appreciation. Treasured as irrefutable manifestation of being appreciated as a parent who has lived his life well by successfully being true to the challenge of nurturing his/her children.