By Deidre Parsons of Write Like Me
On November 7, 2015, Mallory Gibson attended a birthday party for her friend’s three-year-old son. She purchased a sizeable gift and attached a birthday card. When the party ended, she helped her friend, Linda Mason, clean up and verbally thanked her for the invitation.
Nearly one week later, Linda sent Mallory a thank-you card for her thoughtful attendance and gift.
“After that, it was radio silence,” said Linda.
An anonymous source who lives with Mallory told this reporter that Mallory actually threw away the thank-you card upon receipt and continued about her day.
According to current (and ever-changing) standards of etiquette, Mallory was obligated to send a thank-you card for the thank-you card that she received.
“She did not acknowledge my gratitude. It was very hurtful,” said Linda. “She doesn’t even have kids. It’s not like she doesn’t have the time.”
Since Mallory fulfilled every other obligation required from a toddler’s birthday party attendee, it can only be assumed that she ignored Linda’s thank-you card as a deliberate act of malice.
Linda told this reporter that it broke her heart, but she had to end the friendship.
“I did everything I could to reach out after the incident. I texted a quick, ‘Hi, how are you?’ because I thought something tragic had happened. She responded with, ‘Going to the movies with the husband.’ That hurt. She had time for a movie with some guy I barely know but no time to write and mail a simple thank you for my thank you.”
Linda went on to say that she shared an article on Facebook about thank-you cards and proper etiquette and Tweeted, “Remember your friends when they do something nice. #MalloryOwesMeAThankYouNote.”
Mallory could not be reached for comment.
“I can’t have someone that toxic in my life,” Linda told Tragic Etiquette Magazine. “I don’t want my son growing up thinking it’s OK to not send a thank-you card for a thank-you card.”
Linda is currently planning a Christmas party to which Mallory has not been invited.
Sources indicate that Mallory recently filed for divorce.
About the Author
Deidre Parsons is a freelance writer and blogger living in a tiny town in West Virginia. She is a work-at-home mom to a “spirited” two-year-old who is heavily involved in the NMN (No More Naps) Organization. When she’s not writing on her blog, Write Like Me, or half-heartedly potty training, Deidre can be found eating Nutella by the spoonful and binge-watching Netflix. You can follow Deidre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.