This letter found in downtown Louisville. Any ideas?
I am so sorry about Oma. Please keep us posted. I remember her (from my sole visit) as the most aristocratic woman who ever waited on me hand and foot. God bless her. Regarding Jeff…pardon me, but I could never figure out what you saw in that the galoot. Holding someone’s love of life against them is wrong, much worse than a little vinyl siding. Do you remember the aluminum siding company that sponsored the late late Creature Feature when we were kids? Bell would have us drop everything to run home and watch The Abominable Dr. Phibes or The Return of the Mole People on that radioactive pile of a TV up in his room. Now that I think of it, the cumulative effect of those nights is probably what’s making it so hard for Julie and me to conceive.
Don’t take this the wrong way Ev, but I feel like we’re living under a curse. The Curse of Bell Roe…now that would make a good Creature Feature.
Julie and I are doing well. Trying to get her pregnant in time for our move into the big house. Can you imagine? It’s what the three of us always dreamt of, gazing up at those old houses lining the bluff. Now to fill the cold rooms with kids. The first, a girl, will be named Ev, of course. No. Don’t worry; I’m kidding. Ev will only be the name she signs in invisible ink.
Julie swears she sees you hanging around the pull-up rings in Stephen’s Park, or haunting the shoreline on drizzly Mondays. “Is Ev in town?” she’ll ask suspiciously. I inform her that even the suggestion is ridiculous, that you and Jeff are living happily ever after in old Amana, where horses and buggies are the only transportation allowed. You’ll forgive me, won’t you, for lying about the horses and buggies?
I pray Oma will stage a come back, and you’ll soon enjoy her kuchen again, which I got to eat around the clock that glorious weekend, sneaking looks at you, and once, catching you sneak one at me. I’m just sorry I never got to meet Opa. He must have been a happy man with a woman like that, and a son who won a woman like you.
Also been deep into "meta review" of Missing Person by Patrick Modiano.
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