Elvin’s & Brylie’s Autumn Greetings

Elvin’s & Brylie’s Autumn Greetings

Here is a short epistle regarding my and Elvin’s autumn activities. Yesterday, Elvin and I went to Quaker worship. We arrived early, as I had the key to the meeting from setting up the previous week. Elvin quickly took to helping set up for yesterday’s meeting. He carried out cups, saucers, and bread plates for the fellowship seating, and placed them around the table. Then, he helped arrange the chairs in the meeting circle, even moving chairs all by himself. Finally, he set the small table in the center of the circle and placed the bible and decorative stones atop. He was then a bit hungry, so we got him a slice of the fellowship rye bread. It was now time for worship, and Elvin picked seats, next to one another, for me and him. The group settled into the silence. Elvin chewed his bread, bit by bit, until it was gone, and then sat still, quietly breathing. The meeting seemed to settle after a few minutes had passed, with quiet stillness enveloping our group. Elvin sat holding my hand until our quarter-after departure from the room. We had planned to leave the meeting at that point, to go to a children’s festival in town. As we were nearing our shoes and jackets in the hallway, Elvin looked up at me and said he would like to stay at the Quakers’ a bit longer. We fetched a couple of racecars from my jacket pocket, found a large sheet of paper and drawing colors, and spent the remainder of the hour drawing a racetrack for the cars. Elvin got to...