i got a totally out of the blue email from an old friend. the only thing i edited were the brackets:
I have to admit, I have always been in awe of you, starting in high school. To me, you were that person that I wished I had the balls to be. You were original, funny, nice, and you had a ton of great friends. I was not like that, I was a follower who pretended to be, well, not a follower.
I saw you on [SG], probably more than a year ago, and I freaked! I sat there and told my fiance basically what I just typed. I pulled out a poem I had written that you illustrated. It was one of those moments that kinda just froze. Looking at the pictures, thinking "wow, that's Selina, I know her! She's outstanding!" I sat there, in awe all over again! Finding you on here and getting the opportunity to read your blog has been great. You are creative with your words, very descriptive when you write. I love that, I write the same way when my brain is working correctly. Your photography is outstanding! You have talent. I don't know what you have done between high school and now, but I'm sure it's been a great adventure for you. I think you continue to be someone I would love to have the balls to be, someone I envy! I love being a momma more than anything, don't get me wrong, but I have never been anything else and sometimes that's depressing for me.
No, I am not some strange stalker, I just always have to let someone know when they have affected me in some way. Just thought I'd let you know.
Continue being you!
Liz is awesome. My response to the email was pretty much, thank you from the bottom of my heart...
cos lots of times you feel things and believe things and hope that you're getting across to people the way you intend and when someone is affected in a positive way by what i did it's like Divinity giving me a reassuring nudge. I'm listening.