Economic reality check
Each FWW editor answers email that comes into the magazine’s electronic mailbox. In addition to the large volume of junk mail we receive, there’s a steady stream of criticism, questions, and comments. But I was touched by a recent letter that arrived in our in-box.
“I have had an uninterrupted subscription to FW since approximately 1987. I am writing to let you know I have decided to drop the subscription due to financial considerations. I have a nearly complete collection and will resubscribe when I find employment. Although I may just be a number, I didn’t want to leave the impression I wasn’t satisfied with the publication. Keep up the good work.”
This subscriber put a personal stamp on his difficulties yet still offers us compliments. I thank him for his kind words and hope he is able to rebound, find work, and eventually come back and enjoy reading about his hobby.
In the meantime, I’ll try to be more mindful of the vast numbers of people who are hurting during these hard economic times. And I’ll make it a point to be even more thankful during the holidays for all that I have–a healthy family, a great job, and a place to live. Now’s not the time to take any of that stuff for granted. Happy Holidays.