(Myrtle Beach, SC USA)
I received a gift in the mail unexpectedly.The name on the box was my dad's wife. I have not had a relationship with her through the 16 years since my dad left. or with my dad either. I was 10 years old when this happened. On the occasions that we did speak, she would say cruel and hurtful things to me. Once after we had a house fire when was 14 and lost everything except the pj's we wearing. Once I was 17 and my mom was in hospital terminally ill and I tried to get in contact with my dad. I know she sent me the gift and Ishould send her a thank you letter. My question is should I thank my dad also? Is this the correct manners to follow? I do not to offend or be rude to either of them. Thank you.