To Salena Zito:
I could not avoid my strong desire to let you know how very much I enjoyed your column “Little change in small-town life.” It stirred me and made me smile, keeping a fire lit in my internal conviction that these beautiful things still exist in our world.
It probably also captivated me with its references to Norman Rockwell, whose work always moves me. But just as significant was its ability to keep me reading. I have not had time for “the Sunday paper” in quite a while. So, to be able to take some quiet time to peruse the pages of that Sunday's Trib was rather exciting. (I obviously need to evaluate my life for some more areas of excitement!) Of course, there were many things I enjoyed about the paper and the opportunity to see new things, but none so much as everything about your writings and observations.
The column left me with a smile, a warmth, an encouragement of heart to not lose my own belief in all things good. To let you know the sincerity and depth of your effect on me, I have never written to anyone about what I have read in the paper — ever. But to allow my delight and joy go to unshared would have only left the desire irritating the back of my mind endlessly.
Thank you for taking the time to observe, to look and to see, and to share hope and encouragement with others.