I don’t have any, but my brother just e-mailed to tell me that he is now mayor pro tem (that is, vice-mayor) of Smalltown, U.S.A., the Missouri town where we grew up and where he still lives. That’s really something.
Don’t get me wrong–I’m proud of the course my own life has taken and wouldn’t erase a day of it–but seeing my brother’s name on the front page of our hometown paper means every bit as much to me as seeing A Terry Teachout Reader in the neighborhood bookstore. He is way cool.
The next time I go home for a visit, I plan to park my mother’s car in a no-parking zone. I have a friend at City Hall, you know.