It was sunny outside. 43 degrees.
I wore a Christmas sweater at 1:00 in the afternoon, editing photos, replying to emails.
Under a duvet cover.
I love my job.
I ventured to a table where neglected mail lay. I put my headphones on.
I noticed an envelope jutting out of the pile.
It was a letter.
Perhaps the only letter he’s ever written me.
I walked to the kitchen sink, with “Red” bouncing off my ear drums.
I opened the letter.
I read a simple sentence. Only three words:
I laughed out loud.
Then I cried.
This kid knows me all too well.
It’s actually rather brilliant.
Man, I missed him.
Enclosed with the brief note, was a newspaper clipping.
From Whitefish Montana’s Flathead Deacon:
8:40 a.m Someone reported watching a Land rover that could only be described as “British” drive off the road and plow into a gate.
1:40 p.m Reportedly a woman renting property on Twin Lakes Road made her own creative property line with surveyor stakes.
6:22 p.m A woman on Eagle Drive threatened to shoot the neighbor’s barking dog. She was advised to not shoot the dog. She responded that she would call 911 every time it barked. She was told not to do that either.
4:03 p.m Someone reported a house fire on Third Avenue West. A deputy discovered steam pouring out of a dryer vent.
10:06 a.m. Someone in Lakeside reported that a previous renter stole his TV, a few bar stools and a bench.
10:34 a.m. Reportedly, people were setting up camp and starting trash fires behind a vacant business in Evergreen.
5:21 p.m. A man on Foys Lake Trail complained that a cat has moved into his garage. Apparently it attacks him and has eaten all the cat food.
2:10 a.m. Someone called in to talk about a “very small, tiny pony” that hangs its head down like it doesn’t feel very good.
9:29 p.m. Happy horses ran free on Middle View Trail. They were collected and taken home.
7:26 a.m. A man on Foys Lake Drive captured the cat that had moved into his garage uninvited.
9:49 a.m. Someone in Evergreen claimed that a woman drove through a parking lot with her brother perched on top of her van. She then stated that the woman pepper sprayed him and called him “crazy.”
1:13 p.m. A “sober” Whitefish man claimed that he went to visit his impounded vehicle today but was turned away by an employee who said he was too intoxicated. He explained that he considers the employee to be an “enemy.”
3:01 p.m. There was an incident in Evergreen involving a woman with “wild hair” and Bud Light pants.
5:45 p.m. Reportedly, some boys in plaid were getting sassy with a Lakeside resident.
9:42 a.m. Someone in Evergreen reportedly saw two men hunting in the woods behind the old Walmart.
11:14 a.m. Dogs in Bigfork were barking.
1:53 p.m. A woman on Mission Trail heard cows “crying” and coyotes howling. She felt unnerved by what she heard and hoped a deputy might check it out.
2:40 p.m. A Somers woman saw a loose dog and called in to talk about it.
4:21 p.m. A wheel fell off a vehicle on Fifth Avenue West North.
1:26 p.m. Someone in Hungry Horse wanted to talk about their granddaughter’s bad habits.
2:08 p.m. A man on Ezy Drive called in to complain about a rabbit infestation. He said that the neighbors have between 30 and 40 uncontained rabbits and admitted to using them as target practice.
3:08 p.m. An Evergreen resident complained that a bobcat wearing a halter was in their yard acting “growly.” They were hoping someone would come get it.
4:21 p.m. A woman was chased down Lakeside Boulevard by two vicious yellow labs.
5:42 p.m. Someone saw a man stumbling down Shady Lane and assumed that he was intoxicated. Apparently his car ran out of gas.
8:02 p.m. A Whitefish woman reported that her ex-boyfriend walked from his trailer to hers and unsuccessfully attempted to kick her door down.
8:32 p.m. A woman claimed that she told an Evergreen business owner not to drive on the grass at the old Walmart but he did it anyway. She took a picture of him in action.
9:21 p.m. An Evergreen woman reported that her intoxicated husband is out driving.
10:10 p.m. Another woman called in about her husband’s drinking and driving habits.
5:42 p.m Someone on Jackson Peak Drive found a “little sack of crack pipes.”
…This was, without a doubt, one of the greatest things I have been given.
I love getting mail.