“I just felt inclined to drop her a note, and that’s all it was,” Dietrich said. “I told her I was a 79-year-old great-grandmother of five living in the small town of Cadiz, Ky., and that I just wanted to offer her support and encouragement.”
Dietrich said she and her husband Gordon often send emails to elected officials, but this was the first hand-written letter she’s sent to one.
The response from the letter, Dietrich said, was almost overwhelming.
Last week, Dietrich received a hand-written letter from Palin’s sister Heather Bruce.
“I’m glad they thought it was encouraging,” Dietrich said.
Bruce’s letter refers to Dietrich’s note as “sweet, concise” and “encouraging” and mentions Palin replied “Of course!” when asked if Bruce could send a reply.
“What she says conjures a lovely picture of two sisters sitting around a kitchen table opening their mail,” Dietrich. “You picture a staff doing that, but these are two sisters, and one went from Anchorage to help the other, and I thought that was so lovely.”
Dietrich said she didn’t notice at first that the autographed photo of Palin she received was personalized to her.
“Gordon noticed that before I did,” Dietrich said. “I was knocked for a loop.”
Dietrich said she is inspired by Palin and her stand “for the truth, unvarnished, like it or not.”
While the Dietrichs, who have lived in Cadiz since 1996, don’t appear eager to leave the area, Arlene seems to know where she might like to go if they do move.
“[Palin] has got such sparkle in her eyes,” Dietrich said. “When she talks about Alaska, I feel like moving there.”