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    Posted April 29, 2010 by
    Guilford, Connecticut
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    Treasured letters

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    "Here in Ethiopia the rainy season has just ended. It's the prettiest time of year. The countryside is green with flowers blooming everywhere. In a couple of months it will be dry, dusty, and brown with flies and mosquitoes everywhere. We’ve had a very, very wet season - worst in 50 years. Many deaths and homeless people. Whole towns were evacuated due to flooding."


    I had forgotten about how lovely Ethiopia is at that time of year…  flowers and green grass covering vast hillsides, fresh air filling my nostrils…  The memories flooded back as I read those words my husband wrote to his parents so many years ago after we moved to Ethiopia to teach in an international school.


    I was recently in Connecticut to visit my mother-in-law and she pulled out a large packet of letters – every letter my husband ever wrote to her.  As I browsed through the stack, I remembered how we met while bicycling in the Indian subcontinent.  The very first letter my husband wrote after we started traveling together brought those memories back to life.


    Throughout the years, John sent many letters describing our trek to visit mountain gorillas in Zaire and Bedouins in the Sinai.  I pored over his words – so descriptive and alive – and couldn’t get enough of our adventures far and wide.


    I wonder about this age of internet and email.  Is it really better?  Sure, we tend to write more often, but those treasures of old will be nonexistent.  Maybe I should start printing out some of those letters now – before it’s too late.

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