Sometimes We Just Don’t Have the Words to Make the Day Any Better

Over the past few months I’ve found myself reading biographies on people that lived well before modern times. One of the things that struck me as particularly interesting was the way writers went about gathering information on their subjects. There were no TV interviews to watch, no documents left behind on the internet, and no living relatives to interview. The best way to learn about the subjects was through the letters they left behind.

Because fame is right around the corner for me and biographies on my life will be in great demand 100 years from now, I thought that leaving behind a trail of letters (digital though they may be) sounded like a great idea. In my opinion, letters are the most illuminating form of communication we have and the idea of experimenting with that was too intriguing to pass over. My younger sister, Lauren, will be participating in an ongoing letter share with me. Where it goes and what we learn about one another I have no idea. Follow along and find out with us.

 

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Douglas,

Today is one of the few days in my life where I have few words. I’ve been trying to come up with a topic to write about since yesterday and just couldn’t. You got bad news yesterday. Your dog has cancer and his days with you are limited. The world knows I am not an animal lover. If it were up to me we would not have a dog. But I’m sad today because someone I love, you, is sad.

I remember when you brought Beano home for the first time. He was the cutest puppy. And then you kept bringing him around and I wondered about your dog parenting ability. Beano was not disciplined and he was wild. Do you remember when you moved in with Deana and we came to visit? Emma was outside with Beano for a good 5 minutes before he jumped on her, knocked her down, and made her skin her knees. She cried for a little while but that didn’t stop her from going right back out to play. Or when we walked into the beach house at Bethany Beach and Beano immediately marked his spot on the white carpet? That was funny.

We didn’t get to spend our every day with that dog but it was easy to see why you love him as much as you do. So that’s all I’m writing about today. Sometimes we just don’t have the words to make the day any better.Beano is and was the best dog man you could’ve asked for. You walked into a shelter and saved his life. Little did we know how much he would save yours in return.

I love you,

Lauren

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