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  • I woke up yesterday morning to find a package sitting on the kitchen counter. It must have been stuck in our door sometime the day before and found by my wife as she left for work. I fumbled around for my readers and then saw that it was addressed to me. I checked the return address and realized it was from my brother Gary. My wife, who gets along with no one in my family, had left it for me to open.

    Inside was a book and this note: “Jon, Got this book a few years ago when I needed a book to read in flight to Finland. It was a good read that brought back a lot of memories. Enjoy! Love, kisses and hugs, Gary.” I put it aside while I got ready for work, and actually forgot about it until I returned home that afternoon.

    There, it still lay on the counter where I had left it. You see I always leave anything that I get (greeting cards come to mind) for my wife to see. She doesn’t approve of anything my family does or sends and always has some negative comment to make. I have found it is always better to let her have her say and get it out of her system before I ignore it and get on with enjoying my gifts! My first instinct used to be to hide them, but that always got found out and resulted in long arguments. So after the obligatory bitch period, I began reading Bill Bryson’s “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”. In the background on the TV was the Ray’s/Tiger’s game (Ray’s lost) which seemed appropriate background noise for the beginning of the book.

    I laughed out loud; I cried with mirth. It brought back memories I had long forgotten.
    I only read a small portion of the book before I went to bed. I plan on making it last for a few readings.

    This morning on my computer at work I got an email from my brother:

    Jon,
    I sent you a book. I know it’s not the same as me reading it to you… but I’m sure you will get over it.
    Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane as much as I did.
    Love, kisses, & hugs,
    Gary
    PS. Here is some of my latest… mother-in-law house umbrellas & Ft. Walton Beach

    He slips me photo’s of his latest artwork which I always keep on my work computer. His work always calms my soul. I hope you enjoy the “mother-in-law house umbrellas” as much as I do.
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