|A letter from a young reader. I erased his name and address.|
Every so often, I receive a letter from a young reader. I usually do not give out my home address, but, sometimes, I do. I do if I think this young person can be trusted, if they seem honest, if they ask me and then need it for some reason, like a homework assignment.
And so a few days ago, I received this letter. I have taken out the person’s name and address and the name of his sister. He has read A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT. He has analyzed the book and related to his own life. He is only twelve years old, but he seems, to me, very much older by how he understands certain parts of his life. For example, in the last paragraph, he says, After I think about the words, “I forgive you” and show care for others. And then he says, “It is true, is it kind, is it necessary, would Jesus say or do it.”
And in the second paragraph, where he states when Tetsu had the choice of a baseball tournament or staying with his family because Kimi is sick, but Papa made the decision that Tetsu should play in the baseball tournament.
I don’t think I thought that way when I was twelve.
I don’t think I was that mature.
But this boy is.
He is amazing.