December 1, 1999

The following is a note from Ben to his class, and their fantastic response

Dear Mrs. Cain and my class,

There were some real robbers who broke the glass in our car window while we were looking at crocodiles on a bridge.

Can you please get me a new Timber?

Other than the robbers we are having a great trip. We are seeing lots of animals, toucans, iguanas, hummingbirds, beetles, butterflies (we went into a special place for butterflies and saw them eating bananas. The butterflies live longer in there because the predators are outside. We are also swimming a lot, and I drank watermelon juice from real watermelons. And for my birthday tonight I got lobster.

Ben

We received the following response the next day from Ben’s wonderful kindergarten teacher, Lynda Cain regarding the theft of Timber

Subj: Timber
Date: 12/1/1999 11:53:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Lynda_Cain@newton.mec.edu (Lynda Cain)
To: SimonDick@aol.com

Dear Ben, I was so sad to hear that your car had been broken into and that Timber and your backpack were stolen. I’m sure the people who took it didn’t realize that your things were so special to you. I am sorry that happened. I know you were upset about losing Timber and your journal. I am going to send you another bear. I don’t know if it will be exactly the same as Timber, but it will be a special bear for you just the same. I will get you a new journal book, too. The kids in the class were sad that your stuff got taken too. Johnny said someone took his backpack once, too. They were hoping the police would help you to find your stuff again….but we know that might not happen.

Young says: Ben, the robbers actually broke your car for real? My big brother is a policeman.

Adi says: Have the bestest trip in the universe.

Amanda says: I miss you, Ben. When are you going to come back, Ben?

Adam says: I hope that ;you are able to get a new backpack. And i am sorry that your stuff got stole.

Johnny says: I hope you can get whatever you had in your backpack (new ones). I hope ;you have a great trip.

Cory says: I hope ;you have a great trip, Ben.

Phoebe says: I’m sorry that your car got broken into. I hope ;you can get a new backpack at Toys R us. Love Phoebe.

Bye Ben, we miss you….and we like hearing about the neat stuff you are seeing in Costa Rica