David has two brothers, Doug and Steve, both of whom we mostly hear from at holidays. This is unfortunate, because they’re both nice people who I would like to know better, them being my brothers-in-law and the uncles of our future children and all. I have too few family members as it is, and so I thought it would be fun to keep in touch the rest of the year via the low-commitment means of postcards.
Now, Doug and Steve are both busy, middle-aged men with full-time jobs, or as the rest of the world calls them, “grown-ups”. Of the two, Doug is the more serious, and I find it a little harder and more intimidating to connect with him. He is 54. He is an account executive at General Electric. He mostly enjoys talking about and watching sports, which I know nothing about.
But most people like whimsy, right? Even serious people who try their best not to laugh at my jokes. My sense of humor was forged and honed on the course grit of my mother’s and grandfather’s cranky refusal to crack a grin. And when they did it was magic. I am hoping that happens with my “Howdy, Doug” series. He’ll be getting these in the mail, once a month or so, throughout the year. I’m eager to see how it progresses. The first one might make him smile. The second one might be a fluke. When will he discern it is a series? When will he start looking forward to them? When might he send one of his own?
And here they are: