So many quotable lines. My favorite is his description of the magnificent sunset, followed by this fabulous bit:
I wonder whether it has been worth it, making a 24 hour per day state for just a ten minute service. Engineers would call this inefficiency.I can attest to this experience: when we visited Kansas I was enamored by the gorgeous sunset (although I would say it actually lasts longer than 10 minutes). In fact, we were driving towards the sun set one evening in such a way that it seemed the sun was setting for nearly three hours. But on the other hand there is absolutely nothing else to look at. My Grandmother used to sing this chorus: "Blue skies, nothing but blue skies do I see"- and she was right. That's literally all that there is to look at. Now I know why one of her favorite pastimes with us as kids was looking at clouds and seeing different shapes in them. That must have been a giant source of entertainment for her as a kid! Nothing else going on with the Kansas landscape!
Then I love Opa's grumpy rage against the farmers who will not cut their hedge. It does seem ridiculous, but I wonder if these "hedges" are actually those precious erosion blockers that were so needed during the dust bowl. With acres and acres of flat land, the winds meet so little resistance that any dry land is swept up. I wonder if the farmers were actually thinking big-picture about their hedges (that may have taken a while to grow) and the role they play in keeping another dust bowl from happening. If that is so- I bet Grandmother let Opa know that while he may have lived in Kansas a few years now, he's still a city boy without the memory of the dust bowl behind him.
Last but not least, Opa's description of his sunburn and having to "work inside the prison of a shirt" is perhaps my favorite way anyone has ever talked about a sunburn.
I love Opa's quirky sense of humor and I think that this is going to be a lot of fun going through these letters!