Grapefruit: a book of instructions by Yoko Ono, originally published in 1964 (N7433.4 .O56 G7 1970).
When John Lennon was not able to leave America while waiting for his Green Card in the mid 70’s, him and son Julian would send audio tapes back to each other. In this tape Julian (Age 11) is saying thank you to his father for his birthday presents for his 11th birthday in 1974! (This birthday Julian received two guitars. One guitar that was given to him had a mirror on it, a fake Ruby, and a bunch of other little things that John himself glued on to it.)
Here is what Julian says:
“Dear Dad, Thank-
Dear Dad and- sorry!
Dear Dad and Yoko thank you for the presents you have given me for my birthday.
I don’t know what to say, and I thank you very much.
And I hope to hear from you soon on your recorder.
And heres some music from um, some of your albums
on the other side and this side after. Over.”
(Then he plays “Love Me Do”)
When you feel you have lost everything, you still have
- unexpected kindness in strangers
- the rest of the world to travel
- languages to learn
- animals to take care of
- volunteer work to do
- the power of a good night’s rest
- the changing of seasons
- infinite things to learn
- billions of people to meet and possibly love
- billions of people who might love you back
Needed this today