I never thought of words of affirmation as one of my love languages, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say this made me smile. To know someone, from across the country, that I’ve never met, thought enough about my book to write this made me proud. It’s not easy to put my heart on display, but it was important to do just that as I compiled these poems. I thanked Jen for affirming me. I feel like I can’t win, but this is a win in my eyes. I’ll take it, and I am not ashamed to say I needed it.