First, I laundered a page. I ripped it out, folded it up and tucked it in the pocket of a pair of shorts. One wash cycle and 45 minutes of dryer time later, I let my hubby recover the balled up (but clean) page.
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[caption id="attachment_925" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Carefully opening the washed page"][/caption]
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Second, and even more glorious, I swapped pages with the delightful LaWendula in Germany. That's right, our pages crossed a good portion of the globe in just a few short days. Her page came to me on Monday, the same day that I put my page in the mail to her. She let me know yesterday that she had received it already.
I was so excited to see that envelope in the mailbox! She had used several pretty stamps on a bright pink envelope. So cheerful!
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The page she sent could not have been more perfect. She glued in a page from Kate Chopin's The Awakening.
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What LaWendula didn't realize is that Kate Chopin is my favorite classic author. I read The Awakening and a number of Chopin's short stories as an English major in college. Her "The Story of an Hour" is one of my favorites.
A few months ago I purchased a copy of The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction so I could read it all over again. That book is next on my "to read" list (after I finish The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger).
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So to LaWendula: Thank you very much for sending me this beautiful page! I have given it a new home in a "clean" portion of my Wreck This Journal. I will think of you when I read The Awakening. I'm pleased to have you as a new friend.
To all of my fellow wreckers, Happy Wrecking!
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