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Spoiler Alert- Freebie with book!

I love to design “Freebies.” Ever since I was five years old, and found in the bottom of my cereal box a yellow plastic ring shaped like a cannon that pinged out Cheerios, I’ve been hooked on giveaways. But what’s an appropriate freebie for my book,  They Left Us Everything?

I’ve decided on a letter. When we cleared out Mum and Dad’s house, we found thousands of them. I figure letters are becoming more precious than ever. The next generation won’t have any – right? Certainly not stamped via snail mail and addressed in cursive hand.

MY DEAR WIFE 1840 -page 1-lo-res

If you come to one of my author talks, I’ll give you a copy of this one, written in 1840 by my great-great-grandfather, George Lind. They didn’t use envelopes, it was just folded and sealed with wax: Environmentally responsible – right?

disintegrated letter

I decided I’d soak the copies in tea – to make them look old. But paper has no “rag” content these days, so the whole thing disintegrated. Phooey. Never mind, I’ll tie them in a bundle and make the string look old!

measuring string on cupboard

I measured the pieces of string using the gold knobs on my kitchen cabinets – they were my “renovation” twenty years ago. You can see on the counter I was supposed to be making meatloaf.

string in tea bags 2

Then I soaked the string in a bowl of tea bags …

folding letters

and folded and tied the letters in front of the TV, waiting for news of the Malaysian flight disaster, wondering if any passengers had written a note, or if we’d ever find them …

George Lind letter tied

et voila … George Lind’s letter, reincarnated. He was a nobody –like most of us – but he’s become a somebody now … because he wrote this letter … and because somebody saved it. It’s also about a disaster at sea. Wait til you read it …

 

 

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Bathing Beauties

I’m still coming across historic photos that I love. This one shows my mother with cousins and  friends on a hot summer day in Virginia, getting ready to jump into their pool at Rokeby. Mum is standing third from right. Don’t you love their bathing suits? I think the year was 1938.

ROKEBY SWIMMERS AT POOL 1938

ROKEBY SWIMMERS closeup 1938

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March 3, 2014 · 8:41 am