I was a little worried when I heard that an 11 year-old friend of my niece’s was reading my book. What would she think? Could she possibly get anything out of a book meant for widowed moms or at the very least married adults? And yet the letter she wrote to me has blown me away and I just can’t help but share. I am discovering that inspiration flows in two directions.
I loved your book, it truly inspired me to never give up on what you love and if something happens you canâ€™t let it ruin your life forever. Thank you so much for the donation [of your book] to my school, My school and librarian and me really appreciate it. There are so many books Iâ€™ve read that have made me thinkâ€¦. Ok now what? But yours made me thinkâ€¦â€¦ WOW this really makes me think about how I pass my time and how I use my time wisely because, I have to know that one day I will lose someone, and I can cry thatâ€™s ok, I can care and be sad but I canâ€™t let it take my life with it. I cannot tell you have inspirational you are to me, how well you deal with it, how you dealt with it. It brought me to tears and I really did feel how you felt, like I was there and it made it even more personally because I know you. Even though I have never met Aaron he sounds like an amazing Husband and dad. And I felt as if I had known him my whole life. Abby, you truly have a gift of talent, kindness and a BIG heart. You are such a great mother, aunt ,sister and everyone tells me how great you are an I agree. I really am a fan. Thank you for giving me the pleasure of reading your book and sharing your gift with me and many more. If I do bring tears, I hope they are of joy. And I want you to stay as confident and joyful as always. Hope I can see you soon.
Those tears she mentions are definitely of joy. Joy that my words had the power to affect someone so young.