Mar 5, 2009
My friend Rama Hughes is an art teacher in California. He also happens to be a super talented illustrator. I got an e-mail from him one day asking if one of his students could write me a penpal letter. He was having his whole class contact different artists. Participating in this kind of thing is a joy for me so I said yes. A while later I got a nice postcard in the mail from a very young girl who did a cute little drawing of a Kleenex ad she had come up with. I remember what it was like to be a little kid and write to someone and wait for a response. So I packed up a couple of nice signed prints and I also included some real drawings I did ripped out of a notebook. There was a letter I wrote and some stickers (not my squirrel ones with the gun, the girl was too young for that nonsense). The big cardboard envelope I shipped it in was completely covered with a wacky drawing I sketched on it. Forget about the kid, I would have been thrilled to get this in the mail. Anyway I shipped it off. Today I got this nice e-mail from Rama.
I thank you. Aviva thanks you. The whole class thanks you! Your package was a big rule breaker Tommy but the whole class went nuts over it. A lot of kids wanted to rewrite their penpals right away to see if their penpals would send them prints or pages from their sketchbooks. Aviva was especially surprised and delighted. Even a little embarrassed at one point that she hadn't given you anything more than a postcard. Thank you so much for inspiring my class this way, I really appreciate it. xr
I'm a good dude.