One of the latest innovations of today’s service economy was reported in Thursday’s East Valley Life section: Written-for-you wedding thank-you notes, in someone else’s handwriting, approximating your feelings about the givers of wedding presents that at least they took the time to buy for you themselves.
The story listed the predictable excuses for those who hire such a service: busy professionals, so many givers, so little time, exhausting honeymoon, etc.
We have a suggestion for such harried folks who just can’t be put upon to personally handle their own gratitude: Anyone who can’t take the time to write their own note — not great literature, mind you, just something to let Uncle Joe and Aunt Tess know you love them and took the time to say so — should at least do the decent thing and not accept wedding gifts in the first place.
The invitation could read, "As we are busy professionals who could only thank you via a hired-out note, we ask that you please not give us any gifts at all. At least, doing this will make us look not that self-centered." Maybe.