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Generic note not fit for ‘thank you’

Kathy Mitchell

Dear Annie: My entire family attended my cousin’s wedding in another state. One of my children flew in with his wife and two kids, and the others drove a long distance to attend. The wedding was quite elegant, and we had a nice time. We each sent lovely gifts that we spent a great deal of time selecting.

After two months, we each received a generic preprinted thank-you note that didn’t mention the gifts specifically or say anything about using them. The notes weren’t even signed.

What do you think of this “new” way of writing thank-you notes? I am so disappointed in my cousin. I hope the bridal couple sees this. – Disheartened Michigander

Dear Michigander: We hope the preprinted note was not the actual thank-you note, but just a placeholder letting you know the gift arrived and they will thank you properly later.

Dear Annie: After reading numerous stories of married couples saying the passion has left their marriages, I had to put in my two cents’ worth.

My husband and I have been married for 28 years. I, too, felt that we were in a rut. A couple of months ago, I texted a topless photo of myself to my husband while he was at work. That night, we had the most “fun” we’ve had in years. Now I keep the pictures coming on a random basis, gradually increasing the raciness. This one little step has been a lifesaver for our marriage. – Somewhere in Virginia

Dear Virginia: As long as no one else uses that phone and those photos don’t go viral, we’re all in favor of using whatever spice helps.

Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
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