FEBRUARY 1, 2000
A BEARTOWN MOTHER'S LETTER TO HER SON
Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive. I am writing this letter slowly because I know that you cannot read fast. You won't know the house when you get home; we've moved.
About your father, he has a lovely job. He has 500 men under him. He is cutting grass at the cemetery.
There was a washing machine in the new house when we moved in, but it isn't working too good. Last week I put 12 shirts into it, pulled the chain and haven't seen the shirts since.
Your sister had a baby this morning. I haven't found out whether it is a boy or a girl, so I don't know whether you are an Aunt or an Uncle.
Your Uncle Harry drowned last week in a vat of whiskey at the Beartown Distillery. Some of his workmates dived in to save him, but he fought them off bravely. We cremated his body, and it took three days to put out the fire.
Your father didn't have much to drink at Christmas. I put a bottle of castor oil in his quart of beer. It kept him going until New Year's Day. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and your father went with me. The doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me not to open for ten minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him.
It only snowed twice last week. First for three days, and then for four days. Wednesday was so windy that one of our chickens laid the same egg four times.
We had a letter yesterday from the undertaker about your grandfather's bill. He said if the last installment wasn't paid within 10 days, up he comes.
Your Loving Mother
P.S. I was going to send you $20.00 but I had already sealed the envelope.
PLEASE PROTECT THE ANTS
During the long winter months is a good time to reflect on the hard working insect, the ant; a great contributor to the functioning of planet Earth. They act as farmers aerating soil and as trash collectors by removing debris. Being based on a matriarchal society, ants are seen as goddess oriented and are considered sacred to fertility and grain. To dream of ants was an omen of activity, health, and community unity. In Greek mythology, Achilles was said to have married a queen of a goddess-worshiping ant tribe called the Myrmidons. Another legend tells of ants that were the only living creatures left on the island of Aegina after Hera's rage at being betrayed by one of her priestesses. Ant movements were used as a divination tool. Folklore tells us that it is unlucky to disturb an ant colony. Some cultures believe consuming ant eggs is an antidote for love.
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