DEAR MISS MANNERS: I underwent major surgery last year. I am recovering well, but it will, of course, take time to be up and moving normally. I live alone, having recently moved to the other side of the country for graduate school.
The people I have met over the last year have been so wonderful! I have had people bring me meals, help me run errands, clean my house and even walk my dog! I could not have asked for a better support network.
I want to acknowledge their kindness and generosity in some way, but am at a loss. Prior to quarantine, I would have hosted a thank-you dinner for everyone, but that is now unwise for their safety and mine. I am also a student, so gift cards (or even moderately priced gifts) are cost-prohibitive for me.
Please, how can I show these people just how much their love and care has meant to me?
GENTLE READER: Write them letters. Those do not cost anything and mean so much. In them, express the desire to reciprocate the kindness should the need arise -- and to get together once restrictions are lifted and your health is restored.
Miss Manners assures you that handwritten letters will have longer-lasting effects than big box store gift cards or strongly scented candles. Well, perhaps not the latter.