2016 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 1300 W/6000 N

2016 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 1300 W/6000 N

Dear Bobby,

I know this is a confusing time for you. You thought that being a Giant boy on earth would make helping others easier. But what you are learning right now is that your true power isn’t in your physical strength or your height. Your power is in your heart, just like Captain Compassion. No, you can’t create lasers from your heart to shoot out, but your powers are even bigger. Think back two years ago when you shared with me, that dream you had about your ants. They were crying for you to help them, but you couldn’t hear what they were saying. THIS was the moment your powers really began. Remember the sensation in your chest when you woke up? You said that your heart felt like it was flowing out like a river and that without even thinking about it, you picked up your ant farm and saw something you hadn’t noticed before, that there was a crack in the glass and your ants’ water had been evaporating. They were dying of thirst. These little actions of care have a much greater impact than you realize. Your powers are that you don’t need to hear words to know people are suffering, just keep listening with your heart and let it lead you to those who need your help.

Love,Santa

P.S I know your mom is worried about you since she learned that you’ve been traveling to other worlds, but she is also learning how important your ability to help others is. We all are. Keep it up! Your heart is a power too strong not to use.

As the writer of the Giant Letters, my job is to take stock of the people and events that have carried some weight over the course of a year, and to weave them all into a one-page story that hopes to offer emotional healing and transformation to its readers. I’ve been hesitant to share what inspires the letters, as the stories behind them are often difficult, but as violence and apathy surge in our world, I feel that creating an emotional context for discussion around it is key to our social healing. I want to offer a trigger warning for the dedications below, as the content touches on difficult topics such as cancer, the loss of children and parents, abuse, and suicide. - Caro

DEDICATED TO

MARIA DE LA PAZ PATIÑO PATIÑO

One of our neighbors in Edgewater recently lost his mother. We'd like to dedicate our 2019 Chicago letter, in part, to her.