EXCERPT from A Bundle of Unexpected Joy by Helene Kobelnyk in VIVAcini! 02 November 2012
The weather was unpleasant on this day so I spent a lot of time inside. Evening
came sooner than I expected and I still hadn’t come up with an idea for
a photo for my 365 Project. So I thought this would be a good time to dabble
in something a tad more conceptual.
I pulled out one of my boxes tucked away on the top shelf of my
closet and came across several bundles of letters neatly tied with ribbon.
As I picked up one of the bundles, a scene from out of my past unfolded
as if it were only yesterday.
About 15 years ago, my mother handed me the bundle of letters
and said, “Th ese are all the letters you wrote to me when you were in
Germany. You wrote about everything in such detail. It’s like a diary.
You should have these.”
You see, when I was 16 years old, my parents sent me to a fabulous
school in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. My mom wanted
me to experience the education, art, and culture of Europe.
It was an incredibly glorious experience, and I excitedly wrote
her with every last detail of my adventures, mishaps, and yes,
even heartbreak—in return, I got back words of wisdom. Th ose
letters between us were how we stayed connected in every sense of
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