How many times have you wanted to write a letter, email or note to someone who's work you have admired? I have many times throughout my life and a few times actually did it. We all
enjoy feedback when we have done a good job or inspired someone in any small way.
Yesterday, I emailed an author and artist that I have admired most of my life, Joan Walsh Anglund.
I was super and pleasantly surprised that she wrote back. Wow, that she would take the time
to respond to little ol' me really made me feel as special as I hoped my email would do
for her. Email makes this process easier, so give it a try and make two people's day.
Above is a photo of a few of my JWA collection. I remember the feel and beauty of her calendars that I received yearly from my Momma. They were heavier weight that what we get today. I kept them
for years for her illustrations and color but only their memory remains. You can see more of
her art, books and learn about her at her website http://joanwalshanglund.com. Email her
too, if she has touched your life in any way. Below is our exchange from yesterday.
"A friend is someone who likes you" Joan Walsh Anglund
PS ~ Yesterday was my Momma's birthday and I know she was smiling.
I just wanted to thank you for all your beautiful creativity! My Mom and I have enjoyed your works most all my life. She has been gone for 28 years now but I cherish our memories over the love and illustrations in your books. I still have many books, a few dolls and memories of calendars and so much more.
You have been an inspiration in my life and I thank you most sincerely,
A friend is not living in close proximity, it is finding a matching heart that understands.
It made me so happy when I read your loving message to me, to know how much you have enjoyed my books over the years. I feel we have been friends for a long, long time, and now to be in personal touch is a special joy I never expected. Thank you so much for taking the time to contact me. It means more than you can guess.
With warmest love always,
Joan Walsh Anglund