I am grabbing the opportunity (long overdue) to thank Hamodia and Mr. Mordechai Schiller for his outstanding, delight-causing, thought-provoking, mind-stimulating, conversation-enhancing, horizons-broadening column. I enjoy it immensely.
Although I am a high-school English teacher, I must confess I don’t always understand it all (and I have to read very quickly because time is at a premium when I indulge). The column gives me so much pleasure, Mr. Schiller deserves at least a few lines of thanks, even though they are not witty, punny, brainy or fascinating. And I’m pretty sure many people do not write to thank him because they feel they are not up to the task.
An English Teacher
Mordechai Schiller responds:
Many thanks. How come my English teachers never wrote things like that on my report cards? Where were you when I needed you?
I do have to admit that my column is not speedreading-friendly. It’s also not speed-writing friendly. But some people find they enjoy rereading it. I know I’m constantly rewriting it. (Did you know that the original “deadline” was a fence around a prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War? Any captive crossing the deadline was shot. It’s not the coffee that keeps writers jittery.)
Readers don’t need to be “up to the task” to send a letter. A simple thank you is always appreciated. For that matter, there’s nothing simple about thank you.