Monday, October 28, 2013

***Re-posted from the Blue Rose Girls ***

I've been a very bad blogger this year, mainly because of this, of course. But G's treatments are now done, and we're working toward getting our life back to our "new normal." But first, we're moving apartments this week and packing is exhausting!

As always happens, while packing I've been finding forgotten things, like this letter Grace had sent me back when we were both seniors in high school. I had brought this with me from my parents' house in California a while back because I wanted to quote some of the letter in a talk I was giving, I think.

In it, we talked about boys, of course. I had asked her to send me a boyfriend, so she sent me this guy:


Cute, huh? She named him Roger.

And here are a few snippets from the letter:

"I'm going to illustrate children's books, y'know. That would be so cool. One day when we're all grown up, you'll see in a book store: Illustrated by Grace P. Lin. That would be excellent."

and:

"I wish I could show you my portfolio. Then you could tell me if you think I'm talented. Or then you could lie to me and tell me you think I'm the bestest artist in the world and of course I will make it into RISD."

I wonder if Grace has the letter I wrote back to her. But I'm sure I said something like:

I think you're talented, Grace! You are the bestest artist in the world, you will make it into RISD, and you will become a famous children's book author and illustrator.

See, I can predict the future!

**edited to add**
For those of you who don't know the story of how Grace and I met, you can read more about it here.

1 comment:

Naomi Canale said...

Hey Alvina, I feel bad for not reading your blog in so long and I'm just catching up. This was such a wonderful post about you and Grace, it just put so much light into my day. I too have a friendship like you and Grace, and we've known each other since we were young--like Ling and Ting (love those books and recently while vacationing I asked a small girl what her favorite books were and she said Ling and Ting!). I too have letters like these from Kelly and they're so precious. I feel so lucky to have had a friend so close who helped shape my life in the best possible way. I'm glad the two of you have each other :)