Once I found out the package was from my brother I began ripping the well wrapped package apart. Lots of tape! What could he have sent me? Cutting and tearing until I reached a red box with a picture of a slipper, size six. Could he have sent me slippers? If he did, that is not my size!
When I finally got to the heart of the package there was a book by my favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut Letters. I inside the book I found a six page letter. My brother has a way of writing that is informative with humor. I have always loved the way he writes and his writing makes me laugh. He told me about experiences with Sea Bear, his boat, that was leaking. Their trip to Prague and Vienna. The trip was a surprise birthday gift and when he heard that they were going to Vienna he said, I had heard about Vienna, are we going to waltz? How I chuckled at his descriptions of their travels. The food they ate, some good and some not so good. Their accommodations, some good and some not so good. I did not read anything bad about the beer or wine that they seemed to enjoy!
I vaguely remember that when he was here in October, we talked about Vonnegut and I showed him my collection of Vonnegut books. I now recall that he asked me if I had seen a new book about Vonnegut's letters. I told him I had not. In the eight months that passed, I had forgotten the conversation so the book came as a complete and pleasant surprise!
"I really wonder what
gives us the right to
wreck this poor planet