Samaritan's Song

My mom sent me a wonderful little package a few days ago containing an unexpected surprise: a book.

And not just any book: Goodbye to Good Ol’ Charlie.  It was a young adult book that I’d read back when I was still in elementary school.  During those halcyon days in the summer Mom took me to the library once a week to check out as many books as I could get my hands on.  Goodbye was one of those, and it became I staple; I checked it out every other week, read it as many times as I could, and laughed until I cried at Charlie’s antics and his attempt to make friends and invent a new identity in his new hometown.  I had large sections of it memorized.

The book, insofar as I can tell, is largely out of print these days.  My mom only managed to get…

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