Every Thursday is Thanksgiving

by Rebecca A. Watson on June 3, 2010

in happiness, Thanksgiving

It dawned on me recently that there are a lot of people who affect my life and don’t even know it. And I’ve decided to do something about it.


A few months ago a man tried to attack me on a walk. Unfortunately for him, he chose to attack me on a day when it looked like rain. The only thing he got from me was clubbed in the head over and over with my big, pink umbrella.

I may look sweet, but you can ask most of my friends: You don’t want to mess with me. Seriously. The cops took my umbrella in for DNA testing, I did so much damage.

I found my lifetime warranty for my umbrella in my desk last week, and I felt inspired to write to Isotoner’s customer service. I told them the story and thanked them for making such a cute, versatile and sturdy product.

umbrella frog

I got a note back from Elizabeth:

What a delightful way to begin a new day by receiving your note! Not
many people nowadays take the time to share positive comments, so I
certainly appreciated yours. We are so thankful to hear your umbrella
was handy when you needed it most and thank goodness your weren’t
injured during the attack. I hope you continue to enjoy the
totes Isotoner products.

I’ve been working on practicing gratitude for the past few years, and I’ve got friends doing the same thing.

After getting this response though, I realized I haven’t done much to manifest this gratitude into the physical world. (That’s Ms. Becca talk for actually saying Thanks.)


I was taught it’s polite to send thank you notes after receiving gifts.  I’m going to start sending notes to all of the people who positively affect my life but may not know it. Because, really? Why not?

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Sarah June 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I think you just inspired me to do something:

Yesterday I got a bunch of pretty stationary and I was wondering what do to with it. I think I’m going to write thank-you letters to the important people in my life.

It sounds like a lovely idea!



Ms. Becca June 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Sweet! I love it. More physical acts of thanks! Yay! So glad I could inspire you 🙂


Gina SuuperG Stark June 4, 2010 at 4:05 am

I am prompted to say “thank you” for an enjoyable read. My friend Alex Watson ( @watsonguitars) who is brand new on Twitter after my nudging, told me he discovered your cool blog and I must say, I like your style! I follow you already, but you are now getting tagged/listed! 🙂 Cheers! G


Ms. Becca June 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Wow, thanks! I’m glad you like my blog 🙂 Yep, Alex and I chatted briefly on Twitter yesterday. Have a super weekend and you’re welcome for the read…it’s my pleasure!


ivan June 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Oh my god, what a story with a great lesson. The thing I learned and never knew was that Isotoner makes umbrellas, I thought they only made gloves. Thank you! 🙂


Ms. Becca June 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm

So glad I could help you learn more about your consumer choices 😉


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