Last week, at the request of a reader, I re-posted this post about John Quincy Adams. Today, in my mailbox, unexpectedly came a nifty box sent via the offices of First Things. A very kind reader had – out of the blue – generously sent me a copy of Paul Nagle’s yummy-looking John Quincy Adams; A Public Life, a Private Life.
To say I was flabbergasted would be putting it mildly. I, who have difficulty letting people “do” things for me, was stunned and very humbled, but also…charmed. I mean, how cool, how sweet! FT also forwarded a lovely letter from a reader congratulating me on coming over here. Again, so very kind.
Then I looked at my email and there two very generous donations to the site from one lady – a reader who has several times floored me with her thoughtfulness. I must write her a second thank you note, but I almost do not know what to say; my heart is so overloaded with gratitude (and I feel, frankly, so overpraised) that the words are coming less easily than you’d think. I can’t begin to tell you how humbling it is to think that people who don’t know me would be so very considerate, and so supportive of a site where the misses are as frequent as the hits, and I spend so much time dancing the taut wire of religion and politics, alternately shaking the fist and bowing the head. No wonder I fall so frequently!
I have joked that I wished I could bake a Christmas Stollen as do the Dominican Nuns, as a means of saying thank you to the benefactors of this site, but you really don’t want that of me. I am the messiest baker, and if I made you stollens in December, we’d still be finding powdered sugar in odd places the following May!
I thank you all with a very full and sincere heart.
And if you don’t mind, I am going to turn off comments on this particular post, because otherwise – I know you guys – you’ll just be too kind some more, and then I’ll get all antsy and stuff, as you know I do.
UPDATE: To the lady who sent me the letter (you have lovely penmanship, btw) please forgive me for having already managed to lose the envelope. I hope to find it and write back; if I do not, please know how very much I appreciate your encouragement! God bless you.