Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Question

I was reading another blog favorite of mine this morning, Boomama and she had the funniest post from yesterday.

I mean, I was LOL and snorting! I have never been so glad that I wasn't drinking chocolate milk in my life.

I'll clarify that statement a bit. In 9th grade, while sitting with "my" cool kids (we might not have been "the" coolest kids in school, but we were cool in our own minds) in the lunch room, at the first table on the left. Someone, probably Kathy or Jeffrey, said something so funny that I laughed so hard chocolate milk came out my nose and landed in my green beans.

I think that act of nose-talent solidified my "uncoolness" for the rest of my life.

So, her Boomama's post was about closing salutations in letters. I was just thinking about this yesterday.
There are times when I send emails. Or can you believe it, a letter? And I struggle with how to sign it.

If it is a letter to my former youth minister do I say
love,
Julie
or
Blessings to you,
Julie

If it is an email to my friend Debbie. Who I discuss an upcoming event that we are working on but also joke with in an unending way. Do I sign it
Julie

God Bless,
Julie
or
Love you big bunches,
Julie

Really the options are endless.

But I don't know if I should sign with a "Christian" signature if I have joked through the email more than I have talked business.

Are there rules for this sort of thing? Does Emily Post have a chapter in her book on this?

Is the rule something like, if the letter is 55% business and 45% fun then I get to sign it
Loving Jesus,
Julie

Or if the letter is 65% fun and 35% business do I get to sign it
Can't wait to see you,
Julie

I just don't know what the ratio of fun vs business needs to be to elicit a fun signature vs a more Christian signature.

I would like to sign all of them God Bless or In His Love but if I've joked my way through an email I just feel silly signing it like that. Like I'm trying to be something I'm not.

Oh my, I may have too much time on my hands. Or actually, I may have too much on my plate and instead of dealing with all of that I choose to try to figure out how to sign a letter!

Either way, I must get on with my day.

Love, In His Love, Please Comment,
Julie

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just because you have joked during the email, letter, etc. does not mean you can not sign off with a spiritual tone. After all, Jesus has a sense of humor. He called James and John "Sons of Thunder" and he made Abby Jo !

Anonymous said...

Or just be like your crazy aunt and sign it with initials only a special few can figure out....

YFA
TBEO

Kelley said...

This is a great post! I haven't thought about it before. Lately I sign: Thanks, Kelley. I think I need to work on this skill. Ha!