Just got this email from a friend I met not long ago as he and his family were passing through Birmingham. At the same time, I met his wonderful family -- his lovely wife, two intelligent and capable sons and a cute button of a daughter named, like my youngest, Zoe.
I presented them with Threeper patches. Here is an email I just received from him.
There is a chapter in Absolved called "The Minstrel Girls." It is there just for girls like Jay's Zoe.
Well, the kids here are back to school. When it was time to shop for backpacks and stuff, I was excited that Zoe wanted the backpack I had lugged around all through Bible College, and even used on some camping trips when I was the Chaplain for Josh's Boy Scout Troop several years ago. I had transplanted my old (~1980) Rattlesnake Patrol patch onto the pack, and Zoe wanted that left on. Since she is involved in Word of Life at our church, she asked me to iron on her membership patch. She then asked me to sew on the Threeper patch you gave her, and told me that if her teacher or someone asks about that patch, she'll tell them that it means we're not gonna let the government take away our Constitution or our Rights.
I have included a pictures of her at the bus stop, as well as the one Terry took of us outside Milo's. It was a real treat to meet and talk with you and Pete. I only wish that I had been quieter and we could've stayed longer.
A couple days ago, some of Zoe's friends were over. One of them must've made some remark about her backpack, because all of a sudden I heard Zoe's voice rise high in indignation, "Yeah, it's freaking huge! That's so I can put all my stuff in it and be prepared. And I don't care if it's ugly. These packs are so tough that *the Marines* use them!"
My daughter, the Threeper.
Take Care, brother.
"In God We Trust." Everyone else keep your hands where I can see them.