I want to tell you about my friend Susan:
I met her kind of accidentally. I wanted to be a writer. She is a local writer. So I friended her on Facebook and sent a message saying as much. She accepted.
Then, I was in a little show called Listen to Your Mother. She was in it, too, but the year before. We went to a little reunion for both casts and I got to meet her. Then we started really corresponding. I had/have so many questions for her.
She is just one of those people, you guys. The kind of person that you just automatically know she’s amazing and wise. She is hilarious and says what she means without ever actually being mean. You can tell she stands up for what she believes in and has passion for living.
She graduated college with a degree in journalism and worked at a newspaper during Watergate. Yep. I know. She’s so cool.
One day I asked her to coffee so I could hear about her career. Two major things happened during that meeting:
- We saw a woman walk past us with a t-shirt that said, “Be a Kind Human.”
- Susan told me that her cancer was back. Breast cancer. 3rd time around.
We both decided we REALLY wanted one of those shirts. So one of Susan’s friends, an artist, had her write “Be a Kind Human.” and she used her handwriting to design a shirt.
Here she is, in the front in red, wearing the shirt:
Sue has a thing-all the times when her cancer has come, she has traveled around and taken pictures with people wearing a pink nose. Why? Because she wants to tell cancer that it can’t take away her laughter. She wants EVERYONE to know that she is here, and laughing, and writing, and spreading kindness wherever she goes.
Here we are with our pink noses when she came to drop off school supplies for my classroom (Seriously. I know. She’s freaking incredible):
I am inviting you, today, to spread the love and buy this shirt. Wear it proudly, a shirt with Susan’s handwriting on it, reminding you that kindness is where it’s at, yo.
Remember that Susan T. Hessel, an incredible writer from La Crosse, Wisconsin, knows, even as she is battling cancer for the 3rd time, that kindness is what matters.
P.S. Today (8/29) the shirts are 40% off
P.P.S. Proceeds go to an act of kindness fund
P.P.P.S. The shirts run small so buy a size up