About a month ago, I bought a couple of specialty magazine for a relative that is ill. They were returned to me for no real reason and the postal service has been giving me the runaround. I send packages once every other month with no problem but here's the underlying issue. This relative has a few dollars and is okay to be around but that side of family never says thank you, or waits a long time to acknowledge receipt of any gift. My aunt even told me on my last visit that there is no need to rush gratitude because I was reared to contact immediately upon receipt. They have passed this habit on to the next generation. Recently, my grandmother said she was going to stop giving them gifts because of refusal to acknowledge. While I enjoy sharing things with people, I tend to be reluctant when there is a nonchalant attitude about people extending themselves. I mentioned the money because where I live (L.A.) the cost of living is very high and things move at a different pace than in most parts. Unfortunately in my family, status means something and one should be careful when mentioning faults. Those of us that are not wealthy tend to get subtle back-handed remarks by this side of family. So while $13 lost is not hurting my feelings, I have to wonder if its a sign saying don't invest more money in postage.