Is it too much to think that someone acknowledges the receipt of a gift when they get it? I've been taught at a young age to always give gratitude immediately for a gift, a favor, or anything someone bestows upon you in kindness. (Even the ones that are not done in kindness.) Call it the Mommie Dearest
moments where Thank You notes were penned in the most neat and perfect handwriting to be sent out right away to the giver of gifts.
One would think that this is a part of standard, advanced society norms. Someone does or give you something nice; you immediately respond with a sincere Thank You. Done. I don't know why a grown ass woman would ignore these norms. I don't get it.
Call me anal, (I know some of you already have), but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Have I ever slipped up on acknowledging a gift? Yes. I am only pitifully human, however, I've never let weeks go by before reaching out with gratitude and an apology for the delay in my gratitude.
It's one of those situations where I can't go into too much detail for reasons I've eluded to in the past, but it has tinted my impression of someone negatively. Some people may say that's jumping the gun, but I have an uncanny knack for feeling people out, and I didn't even need to reach very far to feel this slight.
Time will tell how this person measures up when it's all said and done.
I'm a stickler for politeness and manners. Nothing manages to keep this fucked up society glued together except for the few people who adhere to our social norms and rules of behavior. Polite people say please and thank you.
If you can't follow those very simple guidelines, what does that say about you as a person? I always hated it when someone said "Shut Up" to me. Even in jest, I find it crass, acutely rude, and stomach-turning. I can take a joke on many other subjects but to tell me to shut up is akin to slapping me across the face. I hate it.
Most of all, I hate adults who refuse to behave like adults. Please. Thank You. You're welcome.
Maybe not-so-welcome on the next go around.