Dear Blog Readers,
We have become the kind of blogger we never wanted to be — the kind who has a "read our blog" button on our website but the newest post is months old. We blame Facebook for this — it's so much easier to write something there and we seem to have more followers there than we did here on the blog. Still, we can't quite bring ourselves to give it up altogether yet — so instead, we're posting this little note to explain our lack of current entries. Please do check out our facebook page, we think it's fun, if not quite as long form.
sincerely, the Joie de Blogger.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Confusing "Thank You" s

There's a phenomena I've noticed from behind the counter of Joie. When a parent brings in a child, and buys them a little gift, they frequently instruct the child to tell me thank you. This doesn't really make sense to me. If the parent bought the child a little toy, shouldn't the kid say "thank you" to them? I actually did nothing -and half the time a very small child is too shy to even look at me, let alone speak to me. I mean, I did open a store that has fun little things in it that a child might want and a parent might buy for them, so in that vague sense I deserve thanks. But I don't think tiny kids really get that sense of it. In general, I like to, and feel I should say "thank you" to people for buying something and usually do. But, customers clearly also like to say thank you to us. I've definitely found myself in more than one of those "thank you." "No, thank YOU." "No . . thank you" games . . . it's funny.

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