I read a story by Sam Shepard titled “Berlin Wall Piece” and was reminded of the time I brought a piece of the Great Wall of China to class for show and tell. Looking back, I now know I should have put the piece in a Ziploc bag and labeled it, exactly the way the father in the story had done for his daughter’s piece so it wouldn’t get lost. The daughter thought her father was crazy for doing this, but I don’t think he was crazy. Maybe if he were my father I’d still have my Great Wall of China.
By Fred Vogel