It's Ohio in February. It's gray. We shovel every morning to get to our salt encrusted cars, which we must also shovel out. We wear our snow boots all day and have totally given up watching the weather, because guess what? It's just going to be terrible. Still, we're thankful. We're not under multiple feet of snow like our Northeastern friends and family. Our below zero days are less frequent than our Minnesota and Wisconsin loved ones'. Yes, thankful.
VALENTINE'S DAY FROM THE ON PAPER WINDOWS
Right after the December holidays, NPR ran a segment on the value of the thank you note, especially as it relates to kiddos; the featured guest Peter Ormerod suggested kids might express their gratitude in other less regimented ways than writing a traditional note: videos, songs, drawings. Click on the link below to take a listen.
You know that as soon as we heard it, the On Paper crew practically held a summit. While we're all for creative expression (we've got an illustrator, a poet, a graphic designer, a painter and visual merchandiser on staff), we also believe in the value of putting pen (or pencil, or crayon) to paper to write a thank you note. Why?
Sure, basic skills like spelling, grammar, and punctuation are practiced, but from a more meditative standpoint, if you will, when we ask kids to sit down and express gratitude, even for a gift they don't necessarily love, we're giving them time to find a way to feel good about receiving and reflect on generosity of the giver, not the gift. Major American writer Flannery O'Connor says it well, "I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.”
FLANNERY O'CONNOR KNOWS WHAT'S WHAT
In other, less eloquent words: write gratitude, feel gratitude.
Among Peter Ormerod's criticisms are the sometimes formulaic thank you notes produced when kids feel pressured to write them. Enter On Paper! Stationery and writing instruments in bright colors, glitzy stickers and crayons for accompanying illustrations allow for some heartfelt creative expression and whimsy. After all, nothing says "I appreciate your generosity," like the words carefully written above Hello Kitty piloting a hot air balloon.
And for the adults in these kids' lives, keep in mind that On Paper carries traditional engraved, sweet floral letterpressed, and handmade stationery sets, not to mention (but mentioning) personalized stationery that can be ordered at the shop or on our website.
ENGRAVED, HANDMADE, AND LETTERPRESSED SETS
Well, dear reader, thanks for stopping by! We're grateful! We appreciate it!