As you can see, this letter was dated July of 2012. This was a busy time for our family as we were moving to Chicago and had our house on the market for sale. For showings, oftentimes the mail got shoved into a drawer to tidy up. Soon, we moved, and that batch of mail got moved as well. It wasn't until we moved into our new home that I came across this pile of mail from July (from the other house) that included perhaps the kindest, most touching letter from one of my long-time, beloved students Judy Johnson. I opened it, and read it and was so incredibly touched to tears. Also, I felt so bad not knowing about it until 3 months after she had written it and thinking that SHE must have thought that I had just blown it off! So, I called her a day or so afterwards and thanked her for such a sweet letter so thoughtfully written from the heart. It is truly one I will keep forever and refer to when I might not be feeling my best. It's uplifting, to say the least, and I love and miss Judy who painted with me for 7 years in St. Paul and is a long-time teacher at the school my children attended, Saint Paul Academy.
I love and miss you, Judy! We will paint together again!