Technology is Mothering Us.

And we better be grateful.

Fifteen minutes to Gift O’Clock.

When was the last time you wrote a thank-you note?

No, texting doesn’t count.

A real one. Hard paper spotted with tears. Pen, ink, address label, stamp included. (Tears optional.)

Doubtless you haven’t cracked open an envelope for anyone under 30. It’s easier to fire off a Facebook message or Snap. How else can you adequately express your emoticons?

GiftRocket asks you — politely — to send a thank-you note after receiving a gift.

You can tell it to Mom, who always asks, “Did you send a thank-you note?”

Then you realize, “Holy snap, a website just did her job.”

So then, here’s another thank-you note:

Dear technology,
Thank you for your 21st-Century reminder, that we may not forget 1st-Century courtesies.