May 27, 1975Dear Family,
Hello – hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day week-end! As you know I spent mine working – but we were very slow – I got some work done on my paper "Death & Dying" and some reading done. In my 'srare' time I've been reading travel books – esp. those having to do w/ South Central Asia – My yellow fever (sp?) shot is good for 10 years – I had my passport out tonight – looking at the yellow part inside!!!
Leslie – the girl at Burdines – who sent to Europe last year and I – are making plans to leave after Oct. 1st. I am going to start being super-thrifty in the mean-time.
Dad – you will never guess what I sold Sunday to a rich (he had to be!) old man! I didn't even know we had them in the department – they were in a small red veleteen [sic] bag – a jack set – a $5.00 jack-set!! I was so taken in by it – he gave me the rules – which I'll enclose. Nothing new – but thought you might like to take a look at them.
I've enjoyed doing research on the questions for the Death & Dying exam –– my Statistic's tutor's brother-in-law is one of the biggest in the business in WPB – I got in to talk to him – through her. His name is Quatlebaum. He gave me all kinds of hints of books, pamphlets, etc. – all "pro Funeral." As for some statistics – there are app. 22,500 funeral homes in the U.S. w/ current # of death per year – 1.9 million – making for a ratio of app. 85 funerals per funeral home per year. There is app. 1 funeral home for every 9,300 (living). They tend to be very stable – some are in the 4th generation of a family. In 1973 – average annual compensation for an owner was $16,888, plus an average return of app $65 per funeral. Well enough – oh – did you know in most states to be licensed as a funeral home director – you must also be licensed as an embalmer!!
I've got to take a rest from writing – as that is all I've been doing all day – 1st biology, then social welfare – then working on my D&D paper. I got the worst over w/ 1st!! I do miss my typewriter – I tried Aunt Mary's but . . . . . I'm spoiled!
It's now Wednesday morning – Rob just got off to school – after eating his cold cereal!
We got your card yesterday Aunt Mary – had hoped to hear about the wedding – I'm glad the weather has been good for golfing.
Mattie called last night – guess she cleans for a lawyer on Thursdays and he got her out of jury duty.
There has been alot in the news about O'Malley – I'm enclosing an article concerning him. also sending a picture of what your dining room talbe looks like – be glad you are gone!
I've talked to some people that know where Andover. New Jersey is. They said that is was a pretty place – mountainous, also I was told it would get cool at night. I guess there are several camps in the area.
I read in today's paper about the price of gas going up.
Just a week from today I'll be flying home – it doesn't seem possible. But until then – I have lots to do – such as studying & getting a tan! (Ho, Hum!) At least I don't have any major packing to do.
Yesterday I bought a grand total of 2 graduation announcements – I'm sending one to Grandma – all of you can "check it out."
The boy ahead of me bought 150 – bet he's really planning on hauling in the gifts – HA! You were supposed to buy blank name cards to enclose but I couldn't see the sense in that!