January 14, 2014 – I received a lovely letter in the post today from a little girl named, Vera Lu. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, a magnificent city in Canada. I know this because she included a postcard in the envelope. The letter was intended for a girl named Lindsay at the H.W. Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, Maine, but somehow got mixed up with mail going to New Hampshire and I got it! Portland, though close enough for a family day trip is far too long a drive for me to take in Mom’s van… alone… and without her permission. I didn’t want to disappoint Vera, so I did the next best thing. I wrote her back.
Dear Vera Lu,
It was a splendid surprise to receive your correspondence in this morning’s mail. You have exquisite handwriting for an 8-year old. No, I have not been to Vancouver before, but my mother has. I bet it’s a beautiful place to grow up. How lucky for you to have the Pacific Ocean nearby! It makes me think of lobster, one of my favorite foods.
I see that you like to dance and take ballet lessons. I play the piccolo and can speak fluent Swan. It must be heaven being an only child. You can do whatever you want without someone pecking you in the head. I share my house with six others. My best friend’s name is Sawyer. She smells nice. I also have a friend named Wilma that can be quite rude. She sounds like your classmate Madeleine.
How wonderful that you have a potbellied pig! Pigs are brilliant! I have a beagle named Sadie. She’s a hoot! Do you like cats? I usually don’t, but we have a new kitten named Holly that so far has been tolerable. (Don’t tell her, but I think she’s adorable… as far as felines go.)
I think I would find the second grade fascinating! I’m not sure what grade I am in, though I did attend pullet camp when I was little. I learn new things all the time by looking them up online and reading a lot of books. I am a scientist! I also like to drive a Vespa, wear a colander helmet, and have hootenannies with my friends. What do you like to do for fun?
Thank you for writing. I hope that you will do so again, as I would enjoy having a pen pal. I don’t think Lindsay from the H.W. Longfellow Elementary School will mind. If I run into her, I’ll tell her that Vera Lu from Vancouver says hello.
Your new friend, Happy Feet
I licked the envelope and got a stamp on it just before the mailman pulled up to our house. It was pouring today, so I kept it inside my slicker until I reached the box. I waved as the truck pulled away thinking how far my note would have to travel to reach Vera. Then I laughed, thinking if history repeats itself, a man named Louie will be receiving my letter in Chicago on Thursday!