People Magazine has a wonderful end-of-the-issue column in which celebrities recount the last thing they did on a variety of occasions; Shia Labeouf, for example, on his last vice indulged in, last time he forgot his wallet, last sunburn, Reba Mcintyre’s last splurge. Like that.
Just about everywhere you look, if you have your love-letters eyes open, there is a brand new opportunity to write one. Or encourage someone else to write one. The column that caught our love letters eye here was on René Russo’s last things, last disagreement, last vacation and the last time she was starstruck, a fan letter she drafted to Melissa McCarthy but never mailed. She not only composed it on her iPhone and never pressed “send” but, for some reason, said (or so it was reported), “I haven’t done this before, and I won’t ever do this again, but I have to write and tell you what a huge fan I am.”
Isn’t peer respect and applause about the best recognition in any field and worth sending often? It will be as if she has received her own personal Academy Award from René Russo. How could this letter from her not be kept in some treasure box to be read and re-read over the years whenever Melissa McCarthy wants to know that a fellow actor of such high repute likes her work? And, what a historical and personal treasure for it to be found by her daughters Vivian and Georgette in decades to come. And, maybe grandchildren and great grandchildren who will know something about not only how admired Ms. McCarthy was was but will know something about René Russo and her spirit generous enough to have expressed affection and respect in writing.
Yes, of course Melissa McCarthy has most likely seen it by now and knows how Ms. Russo feels, but still, reading it in People is second hand at best. The letter you write in your own handwriting means you have taken real time to custom design a one-of-a-kind gift for one person in this world. It means that the reader will be touching something that has felt the touch of the hand that wrote it. It means that today’s usually dull pile of mail will have a gem waiting for you.
Please, René, don’t be shy. Write it out, stamp it and mail it.
Is there anyone in public life whose work you love? Remember a fan letter counts as a love letter. Our entertainers work to enrich our lives in so many ways, maybe you could enrich theirs by telling them how much you appreciate what they do.
From me to you with love in the air,
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