I love text messages for so many reasons. First, I am incredibly shy and not having to actually talk to someone is a small blessing. I am also guilty of texting Joe from upstairs because I do not want to get out of bed, and I need to ask him something. If I need a favor from someone you better believe I am texting that. The thank you will be in person though, I promise.
Some things however, are too important to be texted. I recently read a Dear Annie type advice column that said the Thank You card was optional, and a text can suffice! I am sorry but no. A text cannot replace a formal thank you. A personal thank you can totally replace a card. A handwritten note can replace a card, but not a text. We have the time to write a simple thank you if we make it a priority, and we should. We should make kind gestures to other a priority in our days and in our weeks. A note is so simple and will mean so much more to the recipient than a text.
Another example of something too important to be texted is the I love you. This has been more than one conversation between Joe and I. He claims it counts, and I wholeheartedly disagree. There are 168 hours in a week, 168! I am certain he can find a few minutes to write a note. Something tangible and something I can keep in my wallet, tape in my journal, or pull out when he is working late or away on business. I cannot touch a text. I cannot keep or savor a text.
A text regardless of its content, is something that gets lost in a sea of “please pick up milk”, “don’t forget to get the kids”, or a picture of something stupid you saw that day. A text is fleeting, and is not meant to replace the genuine kindness that we need to be giving to others.
Some things are too important to get lost in a sea of mundane texts. A note expressing your gratitude to a friend, or telling someone you love them and that they matter to you is too important to be tossed out into that sea.