As I mentioned in Day 1 of 29 Days of Giving, my friend Vin has moved from his home just down the road from us in York to his daughter’s place in Massachusetts; his wife Jean is recuperating there from broken bones in her ankle. For the last eight to nine years Vin and I have been quite the literary team.
He, a former elementary school principal for the Bureau of Indian Affairs while I am a retired teacher having been in classrooms in the West and New England. Ever since my wife Hannah met Vin when she was training at the Portsmouth Beauty School for a career in hair cutting for the elderly, Vin and I have been reading buddies. Throughout these years I’d go down to his place on many Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and read aloud for an hour or so. Despite our political leanings (he right, moi left), we have found common ground in the books we read: (among them) Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Wait Til Next Year (about life on Long Island in the 1950s as a Dodger fan), Jacqueline Winspear, Elegy for Eddie (a Maisie Dobbs mystery set in post-WWI England).
He’s been gone a week and today’s call is my gift from one old friend to another. Vin has not let his being blind for a third of his life get in the way of living life. Passionate Red Sox fan that he is, Vin celebrates the Sox third championship in the last ten years. We check in today about Jean’s rehab, his Italian lessons (learning a new language (Italian) in his nineties is impressive), and when we will resume reading our current book, The Racketeer by John Grisham. He’s been a good friend lo this past decade. As gifts often are this one is a two-way street.