I'm so bad at thank yous.

Seriously, I've never written thank you notes. I'm bad at expressing my feelings. I get out the stationery, I grab a pen, and then: I freeze. I panic. I stall. I give up.

The thank you note goes unwritten.

So: in 2024 I'm going to make myself practice. Once per week, I'll write a thank you note to an artist whose work has been particularly meaningful to me. Someone whose creative output influenced me, or from which I derived great pleasure, or found challenging, or otherwise sparked some kind of inchoate feeling of gratitude that I had no way to process.

It's going to be like pulling my own teeth. Here goes.

To whom it may concern: