Autumn intensifies nostalgia. Today my nostalgia is for Ireland. I have company from there this week, including Flo, who became my penpal in 1953. It was in the eighth grade at Mentone School that, for a quarter, my classmates and I each could get an international penpal. We were allowed to ask that our penpal be from a certain country. I chose Ireland. That quarter bought me such richnesses of friendship such as I could not have imagined, and I like to say, and it is true, that it was the smartest expenditure I ever made.
My company will be flying back to Shannon Friday. I'll be wanting to go with them.
A cute bookstore in Kenmare, 1996; my sister Sheila & brother Bernard out front.