chapter  1
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Parents, Their First Writing Teachers

When I think back to childhood, I remember the importance of writing in daily life, especially letters. Long distance telephone calls were perceived to be expensive, but postage was reasonably priced. Letters were the mainstay of the relationship between my mother and grandmother since my mother married and moved away from her rural childhood home. My grandmother, who had a sparse education, wrote letters that kept my mother in touch with her hometown and her relatives. Writing and receiving those letters became as much a life-sustaining resource as water from the pump.