April 11, 1975
Hi! Sitting here watching the reruns on T.V. – except they aren't reruns to me!
I'm enjoying my added free time now that I'm not working any through the week. This morning I went out and laid out for about an hour – got to watch it – that Florida sun is powerful!
Mary Virginia – I enjoyed your mini note – you get right to the point – I'm glad the robe fit you – you must be growing – I was afraid it would be way too long!
I'm really getting into my death & dying course. Today I read alot in "The American Way of Death." –– it's really down on the funeral home business. As my prof. says – most people go in the 'hole' paying for it all!
Did yo know that in 1960 more $ was spent w/funerals in the United States than for ALL higher education. – tuition, books & living expense for 3.6 million students in colleges & grad. schools.
Americans spend more on funerals than they do for police protection. Maybe I'm in the wrong field after all! Ho-Hum.
No – the book said now the field is over-crowded – so they have to make more on each funeral. The book is very interesting – can't understand why the people around here don't want to read or discuss it. Ho-Hum.
Was nice talking to you all Wednesday P.M. – had to let you all in on the good news – that I quit UPS – that is some place to work! It seemed like such a great deal at first! Now I really enjoy sleeping in till 7:00 or 8:00!
I had a letter from Vanessa this past week. Guess her unemployment has run out – so she is out looking for a job now.
Do you still have the 2nd shift on Donna's side? Do you think you could use 1 more on it or the day shift? I'm interested in a job for myself – not Vanessa!
Yesterday I ordered my cap & gown for graduation. Just over _2 months away –
What is J.B. going to be up to this summer? I'm glad Serena got her job back at Lakeside. I remember last year when she called home & was ready to quit – going to go to Cleveland to get a job.
We enjoyed your letter today – Mom & Dad –– also the articles.
On the one page – they were all good – on helping the victims of crime, raising children via help from telephone & exercise.
Aunt Mary has got a nice bike – but the seat is so low I can hardly ride it.
Is it true that Gold Coin is in the red – seems they ought to be smarter than that!
Sounds like the Church had a nice Mother & Daughter banquet – alot of people there outside of the church.
Mary Virginia – what kind of cooking will you be doing in 4-H? This summer you can be my personal cook. Do you use the miracle oven alot? Who are your leaders in the bike club?
Wednesday at Sabal [?] Palm one of the boys – on the other side of the campus started a fire. But it was out before the fire alarm even got started. Did I tell you that about 2 months ago they ad a boy hang himself there?
I forget how much I've told you about the place – but there are about 80 kids there. They range in age from 8 to 17 years old. Most of the kids there got there because they either broke the law – or were on probation and broke it, or their parents couldn't handle them so they put them there. The kids in my opinion learn very little there – they seem to enjoy art class and industrial arts – but that's about it. It's all done on self-teach methods in the classes – SRA type deals in every subject.
They have prisoners working on the school ground. There are guards and everything there. Mary Virginia – when you come down – I'll take you out there. Their school will be out June 5th – but they live right there too.
I better close – hope you are planting some asparagus Dad. It's just recently gotten down w/in my price range here – 69¢ a pound. The grapefruit season is about over here.
We might eat out at Patricia Murphy's – there below Boca Raton – on the way to taking G'ma to the airport. I thought that would be a nice place for all of us.