Ahhh mon petit cheri!!! Ow I long to keez your sweet rozee cheek while we zip wine…hoh hoh.  I suckle at ze bozom uv your beauty.  Mah passion for you iz like a river that flows like a raging torrent, crashing over the rocks uv French desire!!!  If we were together we would go to far-off places like Au Bon Pain and Bon Marche and…um…Filenes!!!  Oh what grat times we would ave!!!  But, alas, I muz go, for the need of French animators iz grat!!!  Until next we meet mah leetle hor’s devour of luv!!!!


Francois Pierre Jean Luc Crousteau










(entirely in Scottish)

Och n’McHon. Ah luvv ye’. Ahm herrrre en clahs thinkin’ aboot ye’.  I wasesh I wus with ye’.  In the meantime, herrrres a little soomethin’ for ye to think aboot.  (puffs out chest, bares teeth) (raises kilt to expose massive thighs).  Until later me loov.


McHaggis










A POEM

This is a poem to hon.

To be with her is quite fun.

I wish I could see you now.

If I did I would say “wow”.

I’m not very good at these poems.

Books are also called tomes.

You, I very much miss.

So for now I blow you this kiss.

UH? I made that up on the fly, even.  UH? You’re impressed, you can say it.

Love, He who is not unlike a skinny barbarian










This is a poem for hon.

My roller Coaster is almost done.

I love you with all my heart.

When you sleep I can hear you…uhh…never mind.

This poem comes from a brain

That has been under some strain.

But all will erase

When I see your beautiful face.

I can’t wait to see you, my hon.

me


​​    Here are some quick comics Daniel was inspired to draw during the time of this story. There are some that any parent can likely relate to, others a little more specific to the situation Laura and Daniel found themselves in. Also, as “long distance charges” were still very much a reality in the late 1990’s, e-mail and instant messaging were most often the contact methods of choice for Laura and Daniel when he was in Washington State. Here are a few sample e-mails that brought smiles to Laura’s face, even on her weariest, most frustrating days as a single parent in nursing school.





​​From: Daniel XXXXXXX mdxxxxxxx@hotmail.com
To:  LauraXXXXXXX laxxxxxxx@yahoo.com

Date:  Monday, November 15, 1999 2:16 PM

Subject: heybabe

​​From: Daniel XXXXXXX mdxxxxxxx@hotmail.com
To:  LauraXXXXXXX laxxxxxxx@yahoo.com

Date:  Thursday, December 16, 1999 12:40 AM

Subject: A Poem:  The Return

​​From: Daniel XXXXXXX mdxxxxxxx@hotmail.com
To:  LauraXXXXXXX laxxxxxxx@yahoo.com
Date:  Friday, October 15, 1999 5:51 PM
Subject: Calculus

​​From: Daniel XXXXXXX mdxxxxxxx@hotmail.com
To:  LauraXXXXXXX laxxxxxxx@yahoo.com

Date:  Friday, December 10, 1999 5:26 PM

Subject: Alo mah leetle Bon Bon of Dezire!!!

​​From: Daniel XXXXXXX mdxxxxxxx@hotmail.com
To:  LauraXXXXXXX laxxxxxxx@yahoo.com

Date:  Monday, November 22, 1999 3:12 PM

Subject: Oui Oui Poo Poo Ho Ho








Bonjour Mon Cheri!!!

Ow iz mah leetle apple dumpling uv luv!!!  Mah passion fer you iz lak a bubbling cauldron of dezire.  I wish to frolic wiz you in ze streets of Paree (Paris).  We could eat croissants there and Crepes and uh…French Toast.  Ahh, what timez ve would ave!!!  Now I muz go Paint and Drink wine and Wear those silly little capz that we wear.  Until next time mah leetle cherry blozzom uv uh…goodness.

Luv Francois Jean Luc Pierre Cousteau