Today I was reassured that the good manners we try to teach our children really ARE sticking. Here's the exchange between my son (3 1/2 years old) and me this afternoon:
Son: Oooh, Mama, that's a nice shirt.
S: Who gave it to you? It looks really nice
M: It was a gift from Aunt Liz and Uncle Paul for my birthday.
S: I hope you called and thanked them.
M: Yes, I did call. I also sent a thank you note.
S: Did you call when I was napping?
M: I don't remember what you were doing, because they sent me the shirt back in November when it was my birthday.
S: It's a really nice shirt. You could call them again today and thank them again if you want.
We've got the gratitude down!