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Dear Daddy,

I just felt the really big need to send you an e-mail. You know, I could have had a free car for 3 weeks? 3 whole weeks! I could have been able to drive anywhere in Durham for three entire weeks! Man! I should have listened when you said I needed a license. Boy, if only I listened to you, I wouldn't have missed out on this perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm making enough money this summer to pay car insurance for a whole year! I can't believe I missed this opportunity. I think this summer I'm going to have to get myself a license, just in case something else like this comes up, and definitely if you ever need a ride somewhere.

I think I'll still be brewing over this all day. I could have had a place to stay and a car for three whole weeks, but instead, I have to sit around at Dr. Keohane's for a whole week and then have to ride back and forth every day until the end of time with Cassandra because I was stubborn and didn't listen to you about getting a license. Boy, I've learned my lesson! I'm always going to listen to your advice, always. This is just like when you went to Atlantic City and lost $7,000 in less than 5 minutes, or like how Grandpa could have won the lottery but didn't because he didn't play his numbers for one day in all of five years. Can I get my license this summer? Like between August 16-24? (Oh, don't forget to schedule a dentist appointment for both of us during that time, too). Next time I go home, I'm going to take my driver's ed book back with me just in case I ever come across the chance to have a free car next year. I just can't believe it. I'm going to be sitting here all week thinking about how I would never have to worry about having to ride back and forth to home until August 9 if I had just listened to my Daddy. And you know what? I don't feel bad at all that I missed this opportunity. I just can't believe that I missed it. Boy, I can't believe it. Oh well, life goes on. I've learned my lesson, and I'm about to be prepared for next time. Sorry to write you such a long e-mail about this one thing, but I was just brewing over it for the last half an hour and just thought it might be fruitful to express my indignation at missing such a wonderful opportunity so I wouldn't have to think about it later. Take care down there, and I'll update you on the real news later. I love you very, very much.

Love,

Dahl

p.s. I know you're down there laughing right now, because you're remembering how you never listened to your dad on things and how you're wishing you did. You told me that the day I had to come to you and tell you I should have been listening to you, you would fall out laughing! I think today is the day! (I'm about to fall out laughing myself, at how stubborn I was to not listen to you! Boy, I missed something big this time! You can believe that next time, I will have all ears open!)