If the neighbor's kids broke my fence and then he repaired it, and they gave me letters of apology, should i give them a little gift to thank them for the nice letters and the repair?
the other day my neighbor’s kids were sleigh riding and crashed into my fence and broke several spokes. since it was a surprise that i did not notice until i left my house, i went to the neighbor’s to tell him that it appeared they knocked some of the pieces out. it seemed like he did not know they did it. he was apologetic and said he would fix it.
when i came home today, not only did he fix the fence but there was an envelope taped to my front door. both kids wrote nice letters of apology, each letter a whole page long, explaining how they were sorry and the sleigh went too fast for them to stop it, and they did not do the mature thing by trying to keep it secret (i imagine he gave them the business about being immature and trying to keep it a secret). it was very sweet of them to write these letters, even though the father probably made them do it.
i was going to leave them a note or holiday card thanking them for the fence repair and for being such nice neighbors. should i give them a box of candy or some cookies or something as an extra thanks? Or do you think a card to thank them is enough, no gift necessary?
frankly i am happy and relieved that he fixed it without an argument and there are no hard feelings. he’s kind of a tough guy and i didn’t know how he would take it when i told him they broke it. i am happy they apparently admitted that they did it and that he fixed it without an argument. i was actually half expecting them to deny it and him to take their side.