In this day and age of texting, facebook and twitter, all of us are interconnected in the most impersonal of ways.
Who takes time to write an old-fashioned ‘thank you’ note anymore?
One person who does is 94-year old Westlake resident Emory C. Crowder, Jr., who was featured in the July 13th Villager in a story highlighting the annual Fourth of July parade he leads in his Canterbury Estates neighborhood every summer.
With perfect penmanship and in exquisite cursive, the personal touch of Mr. Crowder’s note harkens back to a day when civility, service and gratitude occupied a higher rung in social consciousness.
“The old-fashioned letter is the best way for me to express my sincere thanks,” writes Mr. Crowder with an eloquence that puts the 140 character limit of Twitter to shame. Here is his note:
I had the distinct pleasure to meet you about 8:30 a.m. in front of my house as you took pictures of me in front of my lamppost. It was July 4, 2017 as we were getting ready to start our normal children’s bicycle parade in Canterbury Manor Estate development.
It turned out to be the biggest parade in 45 yrs. The citizens of the development had worked together secretly to include Mayor Clough, Councilman Nick Nunnari and me, the humble guy who had enjoyed 45 yrs. of furnishing the steam locomotive bell I acquired in 1963. It was from a steam locomotive built in N & W locomotive shop in the 1930s/40s in Roanoke, VA. The locomotive was scrapped in Portsmouth, Ohio in the 1960s.
I want to express my sincere thanks to you, as a humble veteran of WWII and citizen of Westlake, Ohio, for the wonderful pictures you took during our parade of 2017. Furthermore, the wonderful article you wrote covering the parade and the ceremonies. You included eight pictures, published it in your Villager Newspaper and on your website. I’m sorry my wife didn’t live long enough to be included!
Thank you from all my heart for this wonderful coverage. I hope to meet you again someday. The old fashioned letter is the best way for me to express my sincere thanks! My friends and family also thank you!! — Emory C. Crowder, Jr.