Letter from Jeanne by: Alexandra Terrazas

Dear Jackie,

It feels like eternity since I’ve written to. I’m sorry for that. Things have gotten somewhat hard here. I really miss you and the outside world. You know all the basic things like my house and food but over all I miss our long talks about growing up to be famous women with rich husbands. Remember? ​Man​ ​at​ ​times​ ​like​ ​these​ ​those​ ​memories​ ​are​ ​the​ ​ones​ ​that​ ​truly​ ​help​ ​me survive.​ ​You​ ​know​ ​it's​ ​like​ ​hell​ ​in​ ​here.​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​all​ ​these​ ​problems​ ​won't​ ​stop​ ​but​ ​will​ ​only​ ​grow. Kind​ ​of​ ​like​ ​the​ ​way​ ​that​ ​a​ ​snowball​ ​will​ ​grow more​ ​and​ ​more​ ​when​ ​rolled​ ​around​ ​in​ ​snow.​

Well​ ​I ​guess​ ​I ​might​ ​not​ ​be​ ​making​ ​so​ ​much​ ​sense​ ​so​ ​let​ ​me​ ​explain​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​conflicts​ ​in here. ​My​ ​family​ ​,like​ ​you​ ​know,​ ​have​ ​always​ ​been​ ​very​ ​close​ ​ ​but​ ​lately​ ​we​ ​aren't.​ ​We​ ​don't even​ ​eat​ ​together because of the mess hall being so packed.

​ ​Oh​ ​and​ ​don't​ ​get​ ​me​ ​started​ ​about​ ​the​ ​food.​ ​I​ ​don't​ ​know​ ​if​ ​the​ ​cooks​ ​think​ ​it's cool​ ​or​ ​funny​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​us​ ​alien​ ​food.​ ​I​ ​mean​ ​there​ ​​ ​not​ ​even​ ​close​ ​to​ ​any​ ​type​ ​of​ ​Japanese​ ​food.

You​ ​have​ ​no​ ​idea​ ​how​ ​hard​ ​hard​ ​things​ ​are​ ​here.​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​you're​ ​having a​ ​good​ ​time​ ​back​ ​in​ ​ocean​ ​park.​ ​How’s​ ​Coco​ ​doing?​ ​I​ ​miss​ ​him​ ​too.

I remember​ ​that​ ​every​ ​time​ ​I would​ ​walk​ ​in​ ​through​ ​the​ ​door​ ​he​ ​would​ ​attack me​ ​and​ ​lick​ ​my​ ​face​ ​till​ ​it​ ​was​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​his​ ​saliva.​ ​The​ ​closest​ ​we​ ​get​ ​to pets​ ​are​ ​the​ ​insects​ ​crawling​ ​around​ ​the​ ​floors.​I​ ​almost​ ​forgot​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​the​ ​latrine.​ ​Mama​ ​says​ ​that​ ​they​ ​are​ ​a disgrace​ ​to​ ​us​ ​because​ ​they​ ​are​ ​so​ ​disgusting.​ ​I​ ​agree​ ​with​ ​her.​ ​I​ ​mean when​ ​you​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​bathroom​ ​you​ ​should​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​have​ ​some​ ​privacy​ ​but not​ ​in​ ​this​ ​place.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​latrine​ ​there​ ​are​ ​no​ ​separation​ ​of​ ​toilets.​ ​Everyone can​ ​see​ ​everyone​ ​and​ ​everything.​ ​Its​ ​pretty​ ​bad.

Oh​ ​how​ ​I​ ​wish​ ​I​ ​was​ ​out​ ​of​ ​here​ ​and​ ​out​ ​there​ ​with​ ​you.​ ​The​ ​first​ ​thing I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​do​ ​when​ ​I​ ​get​ ​out​ ​of​ ​this​ ​camp​ ​is​ ​go​ ​have​ ​a​ ​real​ ​nice​ ​meal.​ ​Than go​ ​over​ ​to​ ​your​ ​house​ ​to​ ​see​ ​Coco and you.​ ​Than​ ​we​ ​will​ ​take​ ​a​ ​nice​ ​long walk​ ​along​ ​the​ ​beach.​ ​

That´s​ ​sounds​ ​about​ ​right,​ ​don't​ ​you​ ​​ ​say?Well​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​hear​ ​from​ ​you​ ​soon!

Sincerely,

Jeanne

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