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How do you thank someone?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
My father just gave my sister and I and enormous present that is pretty much going to make our lives a lot easier and let us be able to pursue our dreams easily without of stress or worry about certain things. Basically he just made our world almost worry free for the rest of our lives.

How do you thank someone for that? I am pretty poor, not very creative, and I am at a loss. I feel so emotional and grateful for him that I just don’t know what to do.

What would you do?
post #2 of 15
Well as a father he is doing what he wants to do. Now I assume we are talking money here, correct me if I am wrong. A thank you with a big hug and kiss would be all I would want, but you could do something sensible with it. Great news.
post #3 of 15
Truthfully, I would suggest sitting down and writing him a letter from your heart. Just tell him exactly what you are feeling right now. It doesn't have to be poetry, or grammatically correct or anything like that. Just something from the heart would probably mean more to him than anything. Well, that and a home cooked dinner .
post #4 of 15
Aren't you lucky! That is fantastic! I think the biggest thank you that you can give him is to do the same or similar for someone else in your family (maybe your own children) when the time comes.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys =). I forgot to mention that I am about an 18-hour drive from home. Somehow thanking him emotionally over the phone just didn’t seem right to me. The letter sounds really nice. He just wants to see us happy so I can always write about what I can do now that he has helped us. I just feel like I should do something more, but it seems impossible.
post #6 of 15
I agree with the letter. He'll be tickled to receive it from you and know you appreciated his gift.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by silvionc View Post
Thanks guys =). I forgot to mention that I am about an 18-hour drive from home. Somehow thanking him emotionally over the phone just didn’t seem right to me. The letter sounds really nice. He just wants to see us happy so I can always write about what I can do now that he has helped us. I just feel like I should do something more, but it seems impossible.
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I agree with the letter. He'll be tickled to receive it from you and know you appreciated his gift.
Another vote for the letter, and as Linda said, he'll be tickled that you took the time to write.

I don't think you need to do more, but I do understand your wish to. If there were some not extravagant thing you could think of that would be a special treat for him that he's unlikely to do/buy for himself, that would be nice. Not necessary, just nice -- and only if there's something you know would give him particular pleasure without going overboard.
post #8 of 15
Write a letter to him and let him know what some of the things you are planning on doing. And please be wise with it - it will disappear fast if you are not careful. Congrats on the present
post #9 of 15
As a mom who does alot for my son/daughter in law & granddaughter, a letter of thanks would be great. We do what we do because of love not for anything else, but everytime my son say's thank-you or I love you it makes everything worthwhile. BTW my son is actually my ex-husband's son from previous marriage, but I took him on for life. I cound't love him more if he were my flesh & blood. Make sure you tell your dad everytime you get a chance how much you love & appreciate him!!
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
Truthfully, I would suggest sitting down and writing him a letter from your heart. Just tell him exactly what you are feeling right now. It doesn't have to be poetry, or grammatically correct or anything like that. Just something from the heart would probably mean more to him than anything. Well, that and a home cooked dinner .
this is what i would do... only, instead of the home cooked dinner, i'd make my dad some peanut brittle ['cause he loves the stuff!]. is there a special treat that travels well that you could send along w/the letter?
post #11 of 15
I would visit him as soon as possible, and as often as possible. Spend as much time with him as you can, and get him to talk to you and tell you stories from the past. Make sure he really, truly knows that you treasure him and you're proud to be his kid.

I say this not only because it would most likely make him really happy, but also because you'll feel so good about it later on someday, when the opportunity to do all those things has passed.
post #12 of 15
I'd do a face to face visit. (Surprise him if possible) Also, live the best life you can. If he just made your life really easy to live do things that would make both you and he proud.
post #13 of 15
Good morning my friend!...
I don´t know if in New Brunswick are a handcrafts from your city or else, but if I were you I to made a special handcraft and a letter ( as the other members have to suggest) where you explain how gratefull are you feel, in your own words...furthermore I will added the prints of his paws of Bugsy & Capone, because they was benefict too.. I mean you will take care of they future!..,....BUT the most important give you in person as soon as you can!.. I know your father will be to love it always!..

My humble suggestion!...
post #14 of 15
I think you've gotten some excellent suggestions, but I would like to add another.

Anytime something siginificant happens in your life and it was made better because of his gift, make note of it. When you're feeling that you want to do something really special for him, take your list and write another letter telling him why he's such a great man, provider (most men only want to provide for their families), and thank him again for each moment it helped.

Then again, if your dad isn't keen on the touchy-feely stuff, that might be overkill. I know my dad would personally love it.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
My family is extremely close. Closer then anyone I know anyway. Back home I spent more time doing things with them then I did my friends (probably why I don’t have many lol) I tell my dad every time I talked to him (3-7 times a week) that I love and miss him. Problem with my dad and surprising him is I’m poor. He buys my plane ticket home every time (about once every 1-2 months). Anything he wants he buys, and he doesn’t like treats lol. He is the hardest person in the world to buy for.

My dad and I talk a lot. He’s a people person with an active life so he has many stories to tell. We used to talk for hours, and still do on the phone. There is no problem of me appreciating my dad, I do greatly and show it as much as possible.

I know all he wants for us to do is be happy and be able to not have to depend on anyone but ourselves (which I grew up learning is one of the most important things in life). I am going to write a letter from my heart telling him how much I love him, why I admire him, and how much he has added to my life, and how fortunate I know I am.

(Did not see the second page. My dad isnt very mushy lol. He's a tough guy with a mushy heart for his family but dosnt like to show it too mushy'ish lol. The paw thing is cute LOL. Oh! I forgot. I am also thinkiing of getting my boyfriend whos a great artist to draw or paint my mother and father together. I just need to find a good pic)
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