Dear Reader,

In case you don’t know: this is the first of 21 letters thanking various deserving people in my life. They won’t be aware that I’m thanking them because they don’t even know I blog, but I want to share how wonderful they are to the world and I want to get in the Thanksgiving spirit and finally put these words down on paper–they’re all long overdue, after all.

But these letters are still to you, whoever you are, dear reader, and you don’t know these people. So I will be explaining how wonderful they are, while thanking them at the same time, even though they don’t know. Confused? Sorry. I just think that it’s important to count your blessings and say thanks–even if it’s just a pointless scream into the vast depths of the internet that may never surface again. It’s personal. It’s reflective. It helps put things into perspective. There’s a lot to be thankful for and there’a lot of people who do wonderful things that sometimes seem to go unnoticed.

So, now that all that has been said, first up is Maddie Statham.

I met this girl maybe a month ago and a few nights ago, she helped me through one of my hardest nights in college. I’m not going to go into too much detail (it’s far too embarrassing anyhow), but at one point I was laughing so hard that I was crying, and at the next I was actually crying. Full-fledged, ugly crying. Of the panic attack variety. And out of the five people I was with, Madison sat me on the bed and calmed me down. Everyone else was really understanding, and I’m really thankful to call all of them my friends, but Madison handled the situation perfectly.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to repay that kind act, and I did thank her, but I don’t think she’ll ever know how much that night meant to me. I was in a really bad place and she helped me get through it (without losing too much of my dignity). So for that I have to say thank you.



PS. This song is very popular right now but it’s so good and the music video is chilling. Definitely check it out if you haven’t yet. Take Me To Church – Hozier