It had been some time since Margaret had sent Reb a package of photos for their art collaboration. He had received a few letters from her and seemed content with their relationship.
The afternoon mail call brought many letters and packages. The holiday spirit was increasing daily, and the normal 2 to 3 minutes of names being called had doubled. There were many Oo’s and Ah’s, and it sounded like the 4th of July fireworks.
As usual I pocketed my letter from Jenny for later. Reb received a package from Margaret, and after returning to the hooch, he tore right into it. There was a letter in the parcel along with a new short sleeved plaid shirt. The package also contained a yellow metal film canister with a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 film which would be part of an “art project.”
Margaret gave instructions for taking 20 exposures of Reb, using different settings, with a bold message: “NO SMILING.” This was an odd assignment, and Reb joked about her creativity saying, “Whatever she’s up to, it will be clever.”
Jenny was going to spend the Christmas break in Glendale and Laguna with her family. She would make the drive over the Grapevine after her last class on Friday. We had already decided to exchange our gifts when I got home in February. I planned to get her a choker necklace from the Freedom Hill PX where they sold certified Akoya pearls.