“Letters from Mom”

Mom wrote me hundreds of letters and would often send me greeting cards with snipped comics or articles from newspapers or magazines she thought I'd enjoy.

Mom sent me this greeting card about a month after 9/11. It’s one of my favorites. On the front is a drawing of a little kid, a cat, and a dog chasing fireflies with the message, “There’s only one thing wrong with a fun kid like you —” and on the inside it says, “You’re just too far away!”

She had enclosed two essays, but I didn’t keep the envelope, so I have no way to know which two. My guess is that they’re the “ethnography” she wrote about herself and one about her mother, but I can’t be sure.

Hi, Honey!

Sorry about the red pen –

Anyway, I told you about these two papers. I just thought it would be nice for you and Jen to each have a set – in case you ever did want to write that novel. But, really, more because it’s part of who we are, you know?

Sent you a couple of pictures — obviously! Isn’t your sister incredibly beautiful?

Well, I’d better get back to the job search. It’s getting pretty depressing at this point, but things will work out.

I love you –