You Can Thank Me Later

In Doing The Deed by Holly Walker

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Ever notice when someone goes above and beyond their job? Don’t you just love it?


Sometimes I feel like cattle. Sometimes I am. I’m just one of the hundreds of people herded in and out of stores every day. I do everything but moo. And quite often, sales people treat me like cattle. One can fall into a rhythm of doing the same thing day after day, hour after hour. Move them in, ring them up … Rawhide!

Every so often, though, I spot someone who isn’t like the others. They’re cheerful, patient AND good at their job. I’m not just one of the bovine to them. Maybe I am. Maybe they take the time to treat everyone like they’re human. That makes them even more special. They deserve a proper thank you. A thank you card!

Here’s the problem: actually sitting down and writing it. I could have done it WEEKS ago, but life just gets in the way. There was a Simpsons marathon on. I had to have drinks with friends. There was a puppy that had to be rescued …

I could just find the person and say thank you. That would be easier for me. But it’s not about me all the time (much to my chagrin). If I send a hand-written thank you note, they can read it over and over. And who wouldn’t want to read what I have to write? I can be down right eloquent!!

There are tons of things I should say more often.

I’m sorry.

No, I would not like to have a third dessert.

Thank you.

This time I’ll not only say it, I’ll take the time to write it. Hearing thank you or “well done” can lift spirits. The joy of jotting down a thank you note, however, can be felt in the reading and in the writing. So I wrote the letter. I turned off the TV, I told my friends I’d meet them later, and I left the puppy to fend for himself. And I’m glad I did. That puppy needs to learn anyway.

Writing the thank you card didn’t take as long as I thought it would. And it felt pretty good. I just may write another one … that is, if there’s not a South Park marathon on later.

Photo (Flickr CC) by sixtwelve

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Holly Walker

Holly Walker

Ms. Walker made her acting debut at the tender age of 8 in For Spring is the Season of Happiness. She almost turned down the role of Mother Nature (she wanted the role of "Spring") until she found out Mother Nature had the most lines. On that day, a diva was born. Holly has traveled the world performing comedy. She has been to more than 40 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide. She is an alum of the improvisational companies Boom Chicago and The Second City. Holly currently works on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as a writer and performer. She has been a part of the Rebel Storytellers family since 2009 and hopes to be with them for many years to come.
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