A Letter of Gratitude

Who deserves a thank you from you? Someone who currently impacts your life…or someone from long ago?

I had many educators who made a positive impact on me, though none more than my high school English teacher, Susan Lawrence-Rich. I could go on and on about what I learned from her, oh so many years ago. Suffice it to say, she fostered my love of language and writing-two of my passions, even today.

After continuous encouragement from a dear friend, I finally, after almost 30 years, penned a letter to Mrs. Rich.  Putting my thoughts to paper was such a joy, and I was surprised by how much I had to share with her.

Yesterday’s trip to the  mailbox led me to a delightful discovery! I received correspondence from Mrs. Rich to thank me for my letter, impeccably timed as she nears retirement.

Just wondering if there’s anybody who deserves a letter of gratitude from you? Why are you waiting?





While not my own idea, I’m intrigued. I saw this idea on the internet. Originally created for parents to use with kids for Christmas, there’s value for adults too. I have pondered my own responses for several days.

Even if you don’t put pen to paper, consider your personal responses.

Something you want. Something you need. Something to wear. Something to read. 

For now, subject to change, here are my responses.

Want: less sadness in our community (wanted to say the world but that’s asking a lot)

Need: balance

Read: The list is sooo long. Better too long than too short!

Wear: More handknitted warmth from Ireland. Why didn’t I buy another sweater? scarf? hat?

I would love to hear your thoughts! Enjoy Christmas with those you love!

Slainte! Susan