Thoughtful Gestures That Mean the Most


Clear blue skies and warm sunshine greeted us this morning, and so after breakfast we decided to enjoy a long neighborhood walk. We passed by the most beautiful butterfly garden, and our favorite little stream and park nestled next to the community firehouse. It was a wonderful way to spend our Sunday, and in these uncertain times, I have found great comfort in these special moments with my family and out in nature.

When we returned home, there was a beautiful box and card perched on our porch. I opened the box and card to reveal the sweetest note from a dear friend, and gorgeous blueberry muffins from one of our favorite local bakeries. Such a thoughtful gesture, that made our day! Right now, so many of us (myself included), are busy with cooking, cleaning, working, homeschooling, and the list goes on. However, it’s important now more than ever to pause, and think about what we can do for others. It’s these thoughtful gestures, big and small, that mean the most.

Here are some ideas on what you can do to make a difference, and I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy at home.

Quick Tips

Modern Etiquette Quick Tips: Thoughtful Gestures That Mean the Most


Drop off (on the porch!) baked goods from your favorite bakery or flowers from your favorite florist to a friend. You could even have these items delivered.

Send hand written cards to loved ones. The kids can help too with homemade cards!

Always wear a mask when out at the grocery store, picking up food, etc.

Donate food or funds to a shelter, food bank, or other relief organization.

Check in with family, friends and neighbors, and connect via a phone call or FaceTime. Offer to help them too if you’re able, by dropping off groceries or prescriptions.

Pay your nanny or housekeeper – what you can, and if possible – even though they aren’t coming to your house right now. We can all use help during these uncertain times.

Support local businesses, be it a restaurant, coffee shop, local stationery store, or your child’s favorite toy store.

Stay home (stay home!) and practice social distancing if you leave the house.

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