I met some old friends for conversation last night, and they each offered me an insight or two.
“Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation,” Ray said, encouraging me to leave something for posterity to chew on.
Henry was in a reminiscent mood, and he hummed me an old Lapland song with the refrain, “A boy’s will is the wind’s will, and the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”
And Ed, always the mysterious one, told me, “love is the every only god” and went on to explain, and he was right as always.
It mattered not that Ray told me this in 1990, and Henry in 1858, and Ed in 1940. All three of them are not especially mobile these days, but they left their words for safekeeping, and I traveled through time to retrieve them.
I suspect this is one reason we write books: to still be talking to friends after we’re done talking. And so, should this combination of words happen to reach you long after I’m dust, I encourage you to be the friend that Ray, Henry and Ed have been to me, and write the future a letter.