I was walking down the street with my children, when my daughter (age 12) noticed a red envelope tucked into the side of a bench on the edge of the sidewalk. She pulled it out and showed it to me. On the envelope, it said “This is for you. Yes you!” We opened it up and this letter is what we found inside.
I’ve been wavering between sadness and awe. The sadness comes from the loneliness expressed in the letter. I get the sense that this woman (and I’m guessing it’s a woman) could use a friend and warm hug. At the same time, how amazing to share a letter like this. I absolutely intend to pay it forward: not in exactly the same way, but with the same belief in human connectedness.
This was found in a copy of Mother Night at the public library. I read a lot but don’t discuss books much, so it was wonderful to find this from an unknown fan of one of my favorite writers. Yes, I returned the book with the note in it.
FOUND by Bethany at University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana
I found this cute little note in the ladies bathroom on Valentine’s Day. I went to reach for a paper towel, and there it was, stuck to the dispenser. Obviously someone wanted to make a stranger smile. It worked! I smiled the rest of the day.
Last week, as I was driving home from work, I noticed a white bag under my windshield wiper blade. I get close to my house and have to wait at the train crossing. I check inside the bag and find this note and a snack bag of chocolate covered Door County cherry raisins, and a plain snack bag of cherry raisins.