August 17, 2004
I hope you’re having fun at camp. Please remember to wear the flip flops in the shower — I don’t think I need to go into the whole issue of foot hygiene. It doesn’t matter if Jennifer thinks your rain parka makes you look like a Hefty bag. I will not send you another raincoat but I love you anyway –
Knowing how important it is to receive mail from home while you’re at camp, I thought I’d go ahead and send you a care package. Here are some snacks I hope you will share with your cabinmates –
I know how much you like the Peaches n Creme, so I went ahead and got the whole sampler. Please do not pig out on these — there’s plenty for everybody — Just so you know, they’ve started to make an eight-ply version of a lot of these shades, so you know what I’ll be up to this fall — yes, another bathmat and I’ll treat it with antibacterial spray (remember your cousin Arthur and that athlete’s foot)–
I know there is no Koigu available there at camp, so I have included enough for everybody to have a little. This is Painter’s Palette Premium Merino shade 7155 — it reminds me of the sun going down behind Mount Behonkus back when I was a camper, when Kenny Stevens and I would sneak off behind the Infirmary — oh never mind — I hope your judgment remains careful and there’s no need to hang out with boys up there.
I know you’re wondering what we’re doing back home. It’s pretty much the same as ever, except there’s a huge pile of dirt in the back yard where the men are building the patio. Why every construction project requires a huge pile of dirt, I don’t know. But here it is. I’m just waiting for your little brothers to run a piece of rebar through a leg. They keep wanting to swing on the rope over the foundation trenches like Tarzan and they don’t believe me when I say ‘You could run a piece of rebar through those skinny legs’–
The big news is that I FOUND ASTA. I found the sleeve to the cardigan! I was certain I had lost the sleeve forever — had gone so far as to track down some more Patons Grace to replace what I’d lost — when I was in the mud room looking for swim goggles and instead I came up with a big String of Purls bag.
PS When I was at Camp Behonkus I had this one cabinmate, the Evil Margaret, who stole my flashlight — some girls just like to steal stuff — but then she slipped on a rock and sliced off her little toe and I felt guilty but not really. She should have been wearing shoes.
PSS We miss you.
PSSS I’m sending more flip flops in case you need them.