December 21, 2006 11:12am CST
Dear beta, I am in a well here and hoping you in the same well there. I' m writing this letter slowly, because I know you cannot read fast. We don't live where we did when you left home. Your dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen 20 miles away from home, so we moved 20 miles. I won' t be able to send the address as the last Sardar who stayed here took the house numbers with them for their new house, so they wouldn' t have to change their address. Hopefully, by next week we will be able to take our earlier address plate here, so that our address will remain same too. This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine situated right above the commode. I am not sure it works too well. Last week I put in 3 shirts, pulled the chain and haven't seen them since. The weather here isn't too bad. It rained only twice last week. The first time it rained for 3 days and second time for 4 days. The coat you wanted me to send you, your Aunt sait it would be a little too heavy to send in the mail with all the metal buttons, so we cut them off and put them in the pocket. Your father has another job. He has 500 men under him. He is cutting the grass at the cemetery. Your sister had a baby this morning. I haven't found out whether it is a girl or a boy,so I don't know whether you are an Aunt or Uncle. Your uncle, Jetinder fell in a nearby well. Some men tried to pull him out, but he fought them off bravely and drowned. We cremated him and he burned for 3 days. Your best friend Balwinder is no more. He died trying to fulfill his fathers last wishes. His father had wished to be buried in the sea after he died. And your friend died while in the process of digging a grave for his father. There isn't much more news this time. Nothing much has happened. Love, Mom. P.S.: Beta, I was going to send you some money but by the time I realized, I had already sealed off this letter.