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Grafton-(for Nick Athanas)

So Nick,

I just woke up from a dream, it wasn’t a bad dream, just a dream, where you wake up, and can’t get back to bed. I just smoked my first cigarette, and am watching the sun come up. Through my windows, I can see little bits of a nice sunrise, with orange blue and a little yellow. The trees are bare, but soon there will be leaves on them. For some reason, this got me thinking of Grafton, and growing up.

Now today, you are going under the knife, gonna fix that bad hip of yours. I know you might be nervous, so I wanted to write this to let you know things will be fine. I had surgery on my arm once, it was over and done with, that was when I was 17. But remember when, you know what I’m talking about, when I was 6 or 7, maybe 8, and broke my head open.

That was a site to see, blood all over the streets. I was with Craig, remember? Man, we’ve been through alot of times together, Nick. I remember vaguely, cause I really have no memory, the first time my family met yours. It was when I was 4 or 5 years old, and we drove up Westview, I think, and I met you for the first time. Ever since then. we have been brothers. The picture of you as a little kid on your page, got me reminiscing, about you know, the first day of school, with you, me and Eve. It got me reminiscing of playing baseball at Robbie’s house. It got me reminiscing about how crazy your record collection was, down in your basement, where we would listen to all those records. Sadly, It also got me reminiscing of when Craig’s father passed.

But know here we are, still keeping in touch after all these years. Going to karaoke, watching trains. Listening to the same old records, now old enough to appreciate them. So, anyway I guess that’s why I’m up right now, and writing this.

I just wanted to write this down, cause I was thinking of you, and Grafton, Craig, Eve, Horseshoe HIll. All that. I just wanted to say have a speedy recovery, you’ll be fine in no time. I wanted to let you know I was thinking about you. Though I lived in Mansfield most of my life, Grafton will always be my home. Get well bro.

Alright.

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