We want to be your pen pal. We are me–you can call me Gee–and him. You can call him Jay. Together we’re Gee-Jay.
We have a very good reason for wanting to be your pen pal.
Actually we have five.
One is that we like to get hand-written letters! We think that too much technology is stupid. We like technology, sure, because video games. But we also think it’s stupid because we like books and pipe organs.
I also like rocks. When I say I, I mean me, Giuliana or Gee. And when I say he, I mean him, Jasper or Jay. And so when I say we, I mean us, Gee-Jay.
OK. Reason number 2.
I, that would be me, Giuliana or Gee, was very sad.
I mean really super sad.
And he, that would be Jasper or Jay, asked me what was wrong. Why was I so sad?
It’s because I miss one of my pen pals. I had this really great pen pal. His name was Dusk. Maybe you know him? Anyway, he can’t write me anymore.
It’s not that he doesn’t exactly exist anymore. He does. Or maybe not. I can’t really tell. I think maybe he died.
I’m still writing to him, but I don’t think he’ll ever write me again. He says that where he is now, time doesn’t exist, and I figure that you need time in order to be able to write. What do you think?
We, that would be me and Jasper, or Gee-Jay, like to read about time.
Right now, Jasper is reading me a book called The Fabric of the Cosmos, and we’re thinking about, “Can the universe exist without space and time?”
I, that would be me, Giuliana, think yes. And he, that would be Jasper, thinks no.
What do you think?
So maybe that’s the third reason we want you to be a pen pal, because we want a pen pal who can write to us about questions we don’t have answers for.
But back to reason #2.
When he (Jasper or Jay) found out that I (Giuliana or Gee) was sad because my (that would be Giuliana’s) pen pal wasn’t writing anymore, and was, maybe, possibly, probably dead, or at least existing someplace without time, then he (Jasper or Jay) thought that I (Giuliana or Gee–OK, you get the picture now, right?) would be happier if I (you know, me) had a new pen pal.
So we (Gee-Jay) looked through the pen pal profiles and we found yours.
And Jasper said, “A spiritual guide!”
And I said, “A gardener!”
And Jasper said, “A gardener!”
And we both said, “That’s the one!”
So reason #4: A spiritual guide.
And reason #5: A gardener.
Back to why do we (well, really him, Jasper or Jay) want a spiritual guide?
Well, he (Jasper or Jay–you know) says that at his age, he’s seen a lot of coming and going. Mostly going.
He told me that his wife passed. (That’s what he says instead of “dead.”) And his brother. And his mom and dad. And his grandparents. And his uncles and aunts. And five cousins. And his brother’s wife. And his great-niece’s mom. And about twelve friends. And wow. That’s a lot of passing.
I felt surprised because he isn’t often sad. But sometimes he is sad. And he says I should write that sometimes we’re all sad, and when you get to be his age, it’s time to make peace with comings and goings, and that’s where a spiritual guide can come in handy.
Do you know anything about Buddhism? He (that would be Jasper, also known as Jay) talks about Buddhism a lot.
It seems like a lot for a kid like me to think about.
But he says that we will do this together, and it will be OK because I (that would be me, Giuliana or Gee) will get what I need out of it, and he (that would be Jasper or Jay) will get what he needs out of it, and together, we will both be able to learn and share, and then we started to wonder, what will we be able to give you?
Jasper says that I can give you funniness, because he doesn’t know anyone who’s funnier than me. He also says that I am fun. Both fun and funny.
I say that Jasper can give you smartness because he is very smart and he has read everything. Or if he hasn’t read it, he will. And he will even read it aloud to you.
That is really nice, to sit next to someone and have them read. It’s like the voice is the connection.
Jasper says that if you write, the energy of the voice somehow enters the words, and then the connection forms that way. I think it’s true because I felt connection to Dusk, my pen pal who is now where time’s not.
Jasper says that you said that you are asking for connection. And that is something that we (that would be Gee-Jay) can give you.
Because Gee-Jay is all about connection.
But we’re also all about mystery. Especially those mysteries that can’t ever be solved. It’s because we (that would be Jasper or Jay and Giuliana or Gee) are very curious. You might say that we live for curiosity.
We hope you choose us for a pen pal!
And if not, it was fun to write you anyway. (This means we both had fun, me–that would Giuliana–and him–that would be Jasper.)
p.s. Jasper told me what your name–not Tad, but the other one–really means, and I think it’s cool! (This is from me, Giuliana or Gee.)