Thanks for coming to speak at my school…

by Rod Smith
Dear Rod Smith,
I was one of the students that was privileged to hear you talk on May 12, at the Branch School.
I just wanted to personally thank you for coming, as well as tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you. From the minute you started speaking, I was completely enthralled, and I know I was not the only one. I can’t even describe how I felt as I listened to your words and let them soak in. I actually went home and cried after school got out that day, because of how deeply your speech impacted me.
I think what I liked so much about your talk was that it caused me to think. Not only did you make me think on a deeper level, but I have also been pondering everyday things a lot, such as owning up to responsibility.
I also loved when you said, “There is a novel inside each of you. Write it. If you don’t, you will be withholding a great gift from the world.” I will remember that quote forever! I am thinking about being a writer someday. (I am a senior in high school.)
So, thank you again for your encouraging and thought-inducing talk. I hope I can hear you speak again sometime in the near future! My life will never be the same!

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