Last week, I posted some of Bethany's and Kelli's early writings from grade school. Here, now, is an example of Ryan's writing from the third grade. A little bit of context: Ryan was running for class president against a little boy named Benny. Apparently, Ryan was upset because some of his classmates were saying they were going to vote for Benny, so out of frustration, he called Benny the worst possible name he could think of. This letter is an apology to his teacher for his actions, which apparently included arguing with her (the teacher). You can enlarge the letter by clicking on it.
November 13, 1989. 11:30 AM I had just finished my lunch in the teacher's workroom and was walking back to my classroom. I was teaching at San Jacinto Elementary in San Angelo, Texas at the time. Up until then, it had been a typical November day. As I walked past the school office, the door swung open, and a fellow teacher stepped out with a look of concern on her face. She spoke directly to me and said, “Your wife’s on the phone, and it sounds serious.” I ran into the office, took the phone, and heard my wife say, “I don’t know what happened, but your brother is on life support in a hospital in Austin.” Twelve hours later, my father and I were sharing a room in a hotel on I-35 in Austin. My sister-in-law, Sandy, and her six-year-old daughter, Araceli, were in a room across the hall. I hardly slept that night. I would doze off and suddenly wake up to my father crying and calling out my brother’s name. My brother was dead. Osiel had collapsed that morning while his high s