A letter-writing blog extolling the virtues of snail mail:
old-fashioned postal paper mail and all of its varied accessories.
Yes, I agree. And only sometimes. But if sent something special and didn't get a response, that particular person would not get any additional special gifts.
I agree with Christine, the gift should at least be acknowledged.
I've always wondered how many people think they've been snubbed when in reality the package was lost in the mail, or the response was lost, or something dreadful happened in the recipient's life that made a response the very last priority. Etiquette "rules" or cultural conditioning can breed feelings of superiority, which can be very dangerous: passing moral judgment without full knowledge of all related circumstances. Some mysteries are best left alone.
Carrie, I tend to agree with you. Although etiquette rules are there mostly to make everyone feel comfortable, I also think that some folks aren't at a place in their lives where they can acknowledge gifts. Or maybe she meant to, and never got around to it. I know it arrived, because I sent it priority mail with delivery confirmation, but perhaps it made it to her address and not her hands. Who knows. I'm happy to leave this mystery alone, and just be glad I photographed the package and tried to send her some good energy.