Mark Phillips thanked me
It started with a simple thing. Our professor Andrew Strout gave us this beautiful essay from Mark Phillips to read for purposes of bettering our understanding of the role of text in our bookmaking course.
I read the text and to say the least it moved me deeply. Because I like to tell people when I find something good I wrote back to professor Andy thanking him for sharing this with us. He forwarded my admiration to Mark Phillips himself who then sent me an email in which he thanked me for reading his essay and for finding it beautiful.
To say the least, I was deeply moved once again so I wrote Mark a letter of thanks and among other things he replied with something that made me smile:
Except that you told me, I would not know that English is your second language. Honestly, you write in English much better than do many of my students at St. Bonaventure University.
Oh my. I make a lot of mistakes when I write in English, but to hear that from a writer, that’s something. And it means even more, because I was getting the feeling that my use of languages in general is deteriorating, because I don’t spend much time reading/writing. But, I’ll take the compliment. I am flattered indeed :)