Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Dear Henry:

I have to tell you about the weather because it has rained for weeks and weeks without letting up. I am not exaggerating. There is a saying that April showers bring May flowers, but I think we need to say something like, April, May and June showers bring a whole lot of mosquitos. I am afraid we'll get "chowed" this summer. I do remember calling the city and asking that they spray our street for mosquitos to protect you from the West Nile Virus and they did it! yesterday the sun shined but today it is supposed to rain again. Yesterday was a day to ride in a convertible. I remember driving you and Jack around in Nana Pat's convertible Mustang. I gotta say that we were "stylin'." I know you and Jack really enjoyed it. So did I. I am so glad that you got to do that. When I was about your age I went for a ride in the back (it seemed like the trunk) of Pop Pop Teddy's cousin David's Corvette. I can still remember that so clearly; I got tossed around a lot. The Corvette was white. It must have been 1967 or 1968.

We went to school for Science Night last week. I was worried that I'd be really sad. I remember Science Night from last year really well. I remember all of us being there together getting our passports stamped at each classroom. We had a lot of fun together. I went into Mrs. Singer's classroom and there was nothing there that would let anyone know you were in that class. I was hoping that some of your artwork would be on the walls or a photo of you would be up with everyone else. But the photos were of field trips the class has taken since you died. I wan't prepared to find no evidence of you. There were these posters on the front window, though.

Jack, on the other hand, was very much in evidence all over his classroom. He drew excellent pictures of different birds and made a bird and birds nest out of playdough looking stuff. He is really smart and talented. Mrs. Kaye's class did a room that was all glow in the dark with planets and stars. Jack answered every question about the planets. He was so excited and I was so excited for him.

Do you want to know how special and wonderful your brother is? Earlier this week, all on his own, he went to visit Mrs. Singer in her classroom. He told her that first grade will be his last chance to be in the same class that you were in. He asked if he could be in her class. I'm blown away. See, he is being aggressive for something that is important. Way to go Jack!

Oh yeah, they have a yearbook from last year and there are photos of you in it. There is also a page in this year's with a photo of you. I'll put it on here.

I love you, Henry


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