The Lisa Letters

Brief hiatus from social media starting later today until Dec. 26. CITD, however, will still publish every Friday through the holidays. Cheers! Mike

Completely in the Dark

“OPEN THIS FIRST” is scrawled on the back of a #9 envelope.

In the lower right corner are the words: “MONDAY NIGHT.” The postmark is blurred beyond recognition, and the return address reads only “Lisa Tepley” in soft-lead pencil.

My Aug. 5, 1977, diary entry reads: “…finished writing a letter to Lisa Tepley. I also sent her my poem ‘The 281st Day,’ revised version. I hope she writes me back.”

Well, write back she did—a whopping 14 handwritten, stamped, and mailed gems that I still have.

Which sort of begs the question: why have I kept them?

What do they contain that generates such affection?

***

After Camp Shamineau ended July 30, Lisa and I agreed to stay in touch. I received her response to my Aug. 5 letter just five days before the Family Project left on a 10-day vacation to Missouri and Indiana. A second letter was…

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~ by completelyinthedark on December 4, 2015.

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