John Steinbeck wrote this note/letter to his good friend and editor, Pascal Covici. I thought it was the best, sweetest, and most meaningful book dedication I have come across. (My post on “East of Eden” here) I think we all have a person we feel this much appreciation and love for in our lives—we should be grateful and let them know! 🙂
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?”
I asked you what you wanted, and you said, “A box.”
“To put things in.”
“Whatever you have,” you said.
Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts—the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still the box is not full.