Carrying Hope

Letter from America No. III

Text:  Jekarei


Photography:  Georgia Oetker 

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Dear Bruce,


How are you doing?  Me, just waiting for an another opportunity like the last.  Honestly, I want to thank you and Shakespeare for showing me another side I never knew this world I live in had.  


The project you presented to us uplifted my spirit and put more hope in my life than I’ve ever known before.  Where I come from won’t allow many of us young men to carry much hope.  But now that I’ve experienced this new horizon I believe hope is what can build my future and my character.  


I was mad that you had to leave and hurt at the same time.  I’m so used to people coming in and out of my life that I know that I’ll get over it.  Those people never left such positive vibes as you and the project did so I understand where those feelings I have come from.  Acknowledging that allows me to appreciate the moment and move on to better things.  


Tell Cornelius, Lucinda and Georgia that I said ‘hello’.  Anyway thank you and God bless you.



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Another Letter from Jekarei
shortly after … 

…. Did you know, Bruce, that Justin and me are close friends.  We both go to the same landscaping class so we talk a lot.  I’ve learned so much about Justin.  I’m intrigued by how much he knows and how similar our lives are.  We are so focused on our future.  It has become the center of our conversation including our experience with you and Shakespeare.  Since my landscaping teacher found out about my participation in the play it’s all he talks about!

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