i fell in love with Marc Johns' work a couple years ago.
i was in the middle of Kansas & always looking for something to lift my spirits through the drudges of grad school.
to me, his drawings did just that.
when i solidified plans to build a house, i immediately knew his work needed to be featured on some wall, somewhere under my roof.
i spotted an adorable drawing of a whisk that spoke to my hair-loving obsession
& soon came across two more prints that made their way into my virtual cart.
i stood in my kitchen, a couple weeks ago, & realized i needed a fourth & final print to complete my mini [culinary] gallery.
when i went to review my online order, i noticed an option to leave a comment.
i wasn’t sure who would read the comment, but i left one anyway.
i simply wrote something like, “this is the final print i need to make my Marc Johns collection complete. your drawings are going to look fabulous in the kitchen of my new home.”
i didn’t write the note with any goal in mind- basically the intention of letting an artist know his work is very much appreciated & admired.
he must have seen the note because yesterday, i received that fourth print along with a generic-looking note-card from Marc Johns Online.
when i flipped over the brightly colored piece of card-stock, an original drawing was revealed!
i will forever believe that kindness makes a difference in this world.
whether it’s a simple note, a genuine compliment, picking up the tab for a stranger-friend at Starbucks, holding the door for a stranger, mailing a letter for a non-holiday occasion, etc., it matters.
because, it’s a time like this, like my experience yesterday, when that kindness finds its way back to you…& that feeling never gets old.
so, thank you, Marc Johns,
for your creativity, your dedication to such an art form, your ability to lift the spirits of those you’ve never met, & for making a country conflicted city girl smirk upon reception of such a simple & considerate gesture!