It's a big heavy bundle full of poetry and politics and humor, in an envelope printed by Danny Kelly. There is really something for everyone in this bundle, and I thank you all for making it. I thought that the post office would give us a discount for the attractive cover, but hopefully it will at least make some of your mail carriers happy. The post office was already much busier than usual, and then there was the typical confusion over whether they had enough stamps. The person helping me said they had a lot coming in tomorrow and I said I would rather have to mix and match and put on more stamps if necessary. I said "I just don't want to have to come back," and she looked at me with a look of complete exhaustion and said "that makes two of us."
Thanks to all of you who sent messages about my grandpa. Our train trip back there went fine, and we found our ways to say goodbye. It was a pretty time of year to see a big part of the country. In Glacier, the snow was falling and the leaves were changing. On the way there, I received many compliments about the kids behavior (the kind of compliment that any parent knows is just luck) but on the way back there had just been too many days of having to sit quietly, and they had learned how to open the train doors, and their poor mama was so tired...no compliments. We did make a great castle out of train dixie cups.
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