Consisting of eleven lines and some drawings, the paper was filled with clues and details about his life. For one thing, he is just now starting 3rd Grade, but doesn't yet write his own letters. His translator succinctly conveyed Vinay's thoughts yet provided much desired specifics such as the personal names of his father, mother, brother and sister, and that of his very best friend. I learned that he likes egg curry, the color red and the "sport of running race." His family is Christian... very exciting news! Oh… and ...
"Their house is made up of bricks."
Those exact words seemed so random in the middle of his letter. However, coupled with the pencil drawing he included, the statement sure sparked my curiosity.
What prompted him to mention something about his home's construction materials? Perhaps this caught my attention because of my family's background in the building trades. Or maybe Vinay has a budding interest in architecture or engineering. I'm sure that in my excitement to hear from him I'm reading too much into it. Or am I?
Vinay's house drawing is just a simple sketch, devoid of color but drawn with precision. A perfect square topped with an equilateral triangle depicts a one-story dwelling with a gabled roof. Decorative lines accent the upper inside edges of the triangle representing scalloped trim. He included a single window with 12 smaller squares that could be interpreted as window panes ... or perhaps steel bars. Maybe there are safety issues in his neighborhood? Either way, he is obviously detail-oriented.
The item he drew and labeled "tree" showed a massively thick trunk with foliage at the top and a tangled swirl on the ground. Samples I found online show that he did a pretty good job of depicting a banyan tree … the national tree of India. These trees have great significance in Hindu spiritual and cultural traditions, and are found at the center of every village.
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