She is named for Ann Patchett, 48, author of State of Wonder
who wrote a letter to her 25 year old self.
As it turns out,
you are very, very small.
Think grain-of-sand-on-the-bottom-of-the-Atlantic small.
All those things you think are so important now--
love, work, art, money--
they don't matter.
Don't think everything will happen once you finish your first novel.
Don't think five pounds or $500 could make all the difference.
Be grateful and kind;
there is nothing more important than that. "