When a dear friend gave me a Hallmark address book, many years ago, little did I know at that time of the stories it would hold in each chapter, titled by a letter of the alphabet.
When we moved from our home state, family and friends were inscribed on the pages so we could keep in touch. In the beginning came the names, addresses, phone numbers, wedding and birth dates. Then children’s names and birth dates were added as the stories unfolded.
At our new home, new friends were made and new stories were entwined within. The plot thickened.
Many of those characters stayed the same over the years, but there were a few that changed, and changed, and changed again. Sometimes only their address was affected; other times, a character may have moved to a completely different chapter.
A couple years ago, I noticed the book was showing its age, its appearance shabby and timeworn. When I pulled it out to make a Christmas card list, I noticed some of the characters were missing. That trend continued, and it was getting harder to find those who remained.
This year, I started a sequel. A new cast of characters is being developed to enliven its pages. I hope this one has a happy ending.