4/29

My husband and I share our Google calendar with one another as I am sure many other couples or families do. Within the past week or so he has asked about one of my events.

“What is the 4/29 experiment?”

At first I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, and must have been looking at him quizzically because he then clarified, “On the calendar.”

I answered hesitantly because it seemed silly, and honestly I had forgotten I put it in my calendar. I had heard about it at the reading conference I went to in March. One of the speakers, talked about an author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who passed away earlier in the year. He said that she had put out into the world before she died that for her birthday each year, on 4/29 at 4:29 pm, she wanted people to text someone I love you.

To be honest, I didn’t recognize the author’s name. Even as I am writing this I had to Google her so I had an idea of what books she had written. But it didn’t matter that I didn’t know who she was. I loved this idea, and so naturally I put this experiment into my calendar.

Since my husband already knew about it, and because I text him pretty regularly that I love him, I decided to choose a good friend of mine who I don’t as often as I’d like. I simply told her I was just saying hi and that I love her. I may have been a few minutes late. But that didn’t matter.

Her response to this text made me realize I need to do this much more often. She wrote back, Hi and I love you! You have no idea how much I needed that today! Heart emoji.

Just a simple I love you. It made her smile, helped her get through a rough day. What was causing her rough day? I have no idea. That doesn’t matter either. I took 30 seconds and reached out to someone I love. And it reminded her that she is loved. That is the point. For this reason, I would say that Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s 4/29 Experiment was a complete success.

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