Got a lovely note the other day via FB, in response to my usual query to people asking to “friend” me (“”Thanks, but can you tell me why you want to friend me?”). The writer said she was a single mom, and fondly recalled me taking the time to send a letter back to her 14 year old daughter when she wrote in, talking of her aspirations to be an artist. I had sent the girl some books on how to draw (things that would show up from time to time in my office and needed to find a better home).
Now the girl was about to graduate college, having continued to focus on art, and her mother said my encouragement had a lot to do with it. I recall how good I felt about a couple of responses to letters I sent to comic companies when I was young, so I can believe it, but it made my day to hear the story.