Dear Patricia McLachlan,
Your book, Edward's Eyes, taught me the difference between living and being alive. Before, I was shy around people I didn't know. Now, I can shine!
I felt like I was one of the characters in your book. When Edward died, I mourned with them. When they found out that a baseball player got Edward's eyes, I felt for them. And most of all; when they realized that they needed music, I danced with them (at least in my head.)
Your story made me understand that the Lord can take your life from you at any moment in time. This insight helped teach me not to be shy around new people I don't know.
I now realize how timidity can be like a mountain in need of conquering. Your friends and relatives can give you a nudge, push, or even a shove. But in the end, you are the only individual that can ascend up to that peak, so you can be with your acquaintances on the other side.
Thank you for teaching me the difference between living and being alive. Edward's Eyes also taught me that you need to love people, so when they are gone you can remember them and keep in mind all the wonderful times you had with them.
I learned that I needed to stop being withdrawn around people. I learned that you can't be living life to the fullest as well as be hiding in a shell of bashfulness. I'm glad I picked up your book!
So I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for writing this book. You'll never know how much I appreciate it. With you writing that book, it was like you uncovered my eyes so I could see the door. The door of life.