This is from a particularly enthusiastic boy I met on a school visit in Vermont . . .
I replied . . .
Dude, I totally remember your bright energy and enthusiasm. You had a “lean in” quality, engaged and alert. Why do you think I made sure to give you one of my books? I can’t do that for everyone, but something about you stood out and it felt right. Besides, those books are heavy. You lightened my load.
I hope we do get to meet again. I loved visiting VT and don’t often get invited to speak at Vermont schools. Nobody knows why! Fingers crossed, maybe that changes in the future.
Listen: I don’t often receive thank you notes after the fact. Sad, but true. It’s a good thing to do, to sit down and let someone know that you SEE them, that you appreciate what they do. In life, I’m convinced it’s all most of us ever want. To be seen, to be recognized, to be valued. This is true for everybody. Friends, relatives, teachers, janitors -– the list goes on forever.
You did good, Robbie.
Thank you. Keep reading, keep writing, keep on being the good young man you already are. I predict great things for you!
My best, your friend,
P.S. Say “Hi” to Mrs. Moulton for me.
P.P.S. Love the SASE (Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope). I appreciate that!