To the man in the emptied garage

Dear Sir,

Hello! My name is Kathy and I have lived in this neighborhood for the past 7 years. When I was in high school, I would pass by your house every single day on my way back from school. And I would see your garage door open, with you sitting in your chair, watching TV. Then I went off to Austin for college. And whenever I came back, before I even walked into my own home, I would see you sitting in your chair. And it’s weird because I have never gotten to actually meet you or say hi. But in this simple way, our lives were able to meet. Well, without you even knowing it… (Haha I don’t mean to sound creepy.)

I think God has a purpose in everything he does. By just passing by your home and seeing you live your life, God has shown me the preciousness of every single human being, whether we know them or not. And this has really encouraged me to want to spend my life sharing with others the greatest gift I know of. Thus, it is quite appropriate to thank you for that. I also want you to know that I love you because you are created in the image of God, who is always full of goodness. So, sometimes when I see you, a thought would cross my mind: “Whatever he is going through, I hope he is happy.”

In these seven years, things have happened in my life – both happy and heartbreaking. I remember one incidence when I drove back home crying in the car. That night, seeing you simply chilling in your garage gave me a lot of comfort and hope, that tomorrow is another day and God will make all things beautiful in its time. A couple months ago, I drove by your home and saw you watching a game, I considered how weird it would be if one day you are not in this garage anymore. And then last week, I noticed your family cleaning out the garage and I couldn’t help but feeing sad. Normally I’m not a huge fan of goodbyes and I think they are overrated. But I remember smiling farewell to you that night and really feeling the weight of that goodbye. I think that was God preparing me for another goodbye I will be saying very soon to someone else I think I might love. Another goodbye that I don’t really want to say. But like what you have taught me, I know that it will be okay and the sun will still rise tomorrow.

I want to wish you the best of luck wherever you go. And I hope that God will watch over your health and will give you peace and joy. I hope it’s not too weird that I am writing this letter. I just wanted to let you know because I think life is kind of cool. There are a lot of people in this world. Sadly, we don’t get to know most of them. But I am very glad that God has created this intersection for us. So, thank you again for your life because it has truly affected mine.


Kathy J.