How long has it been since you opened an envelope addressed to you and found not only a full-page, handwritten letter but an original color drawing?
The illustrated letter before me was composed by Megan Davies.
"I am 11 years old, in 6th grade, and I go to Windsor Middle School," she wrote in perhaps the nicest penciled printing I've seen. "I am writing you this letter to tell you a funny story that happened on January 25, 2011 in my math class, before a test."
Megan shared that before teacher Bob Shebest began the test he opened the classroom door to give the students a little fresh air.
"The next thing we know, a medium sized hawk swoops into our room! Everyone is in shock and covers their head, while the bird squawks in fear and flies in circles."
What a scene. A hawk, nicely drawn by Megan, invades the classroom on test day, like the answer to a prayer.
The teacher ordered everybody out of the room. The kids clustered just outside the door and watched as the hawk screeched and darted about and Mr. Shebest endeavored to capture it — on his cell phone's video function.
Math class was never more exciting. At last the teacher opened a window and removed the screen. The hawk flew out, then up and away.
"Since the bird took up most of the period," Megan finished, "we didn't take the test that day.
"Unfortunately, we took it two days later."