This January 1987 letter emerged from the archives recently, so will be squeezed into the "7" year letters, despite being almost a year (31 years actually) old. Despite Aunt Mary mentioning that [her] Dad's birthday would be the 10th, I'm 99.99% positive his birthday was January 7, 1883 – 135 years prior to 2018. He died January 13th, 1969.
I would like to write to you often and I find myself talking to you in my head . . . usually some incident I'd like to share with you so we could both laugh . . . B U T . . . it never gets on paper.!!!
Appreciate all those phone calls . . . seems as tho I'm always in a RUSH when you call . . . sorry about that!!! (Take THURS. off your phone agenda. ha) Today was Circle and we were supposed to get to Va. Anne's EARLY because of the STEPS and a small room to get situated in. When we did get to the corner of 11th and K St. it was a grandiose MESS as the town's sewerage project had arrived at that corner where she lives. We did get settled in and enjoyed the morning snack and Bob her son talked on CRIME in L.W. He's almost ready to retire from the Army, now stationed in Calif. CRIME has been his area and he sure has innovative ideas on how to curb crime. This is another topic!!!!
I have written Catherine a note and today G'Ma will sign her "John Henry" to a check including Xmas and her birthday and get it on its way. It's my error no doubt . . . should always double check when it comes to MONEY. HA!! I'd make a terrible book-keeper!!!
When we got your last ltr on the new note paper I thought it funny that you didn't say anything about it (ltr with picture of the red bike). CUTE and PAPER NEAT AND ATTRACTIVE. Well, today, guess what showed up? Your Dec. 31st ltr arrived . . . on the back were two postal stamps from Ft. Pierce and another town in Fla . . . I never heard of????? This had the cute picture of you and Santa Claus. Who was the Santa??? That was some HOLD on you!! If you're wondering why your folks haven't received that picture . . . now you know and it wasn't just because your Aunt is LAZY and a procrastinator . . . (irreguardless how you spell it . . . can't even get the simple words right . . . I'm hurrying!!! I should, like you, make a New Year's resolution to set aside a certain day and time to write ltrs. I WISH YOU LUCK on that score.
We ALL enjoyed the DRIED FRUIT!!! THANKS A LOT!! G'ma still has quite a bit left.
It was FUN having a baby [Laura born Oct. 1986] here. G'Ma seemed to enjoy watching her, etc. She's such a good baby. Never heard her cry any night she was here. Of all the 'trappings' they brought . . . one would think they had come for the winter. Cris had their new Olds station wagon jam-packed!!! They took her to Xmas eve service and next Sun. to church and she slept thru both. We ate out twice with her and she slept both times. You never saw such a proud father as Cris!! G'Ma really livened up while they were all here. One day she talked a 'blue streak'. With her poor hearing it becomes a problem in groups, etc. Everyone says she look good . . . . I'm learning to get her hair up occasionally and with a touch of SOFT makeup she looks great! Her main problem is getting on that toilet! I usually, if here, try to hold up her clothes, etc. But she can manage but TAKES HER FOREVER!!!! So, when I'm here I usually help her undress, etc.
Now for TWO ADVENTURE STORIES: (1). The last Monday Cris was here, we all went to bed per usual. About 4:00 AM Angela had nurse Laura and put her back to bed when she heard this female voice down the st. south of here screaming: 'PLEASE, SOMEBODY, HELP ME" . . . it was warm and the windows were open. Then Angela got up . . . Bill says, "CALL 911" we all go running out of the house in our nite clothes. Angela says she saw a man taking off towards 10th Ave. Before this, we heard this grinding noise and a car was stuck in the lot next to the commercial bldg, north end toward this vacant lot. We assume the man couldn't get the car started and took off. Search lights looking everywhere in the neighborhood . . . didn't ever find a woman but found a man in the yard at the corn of B and 10th ave . . . pretty well beaten up. He wouldn't admit to knowing anything when the police questioned him. We were a SIGHT . . . ALL of us in the street in our night clothes. I went back in the house, I didn't venture very far and said the rest of them were crazy to go out and not know what's up ahead!!! Right? Want to get your head blown off or sliced??? I can still hear that woman screaming . . . gives you the jitters!!
Now No. 2 story: Joe called us a couple days after New Years' Eve and said he had been mugged. He and two buddies decided about 1:30 to go to Central Park from his apt. to see the fireworks. They went to the exit ??? where they normally would go to get to the park but the police still had the Times Square area blocked off and wouldn't let them through . . so they decide to take another route and somewhere along the way they came to a corner and when they turned, here were 20 some guys who attacked them, screaming some NAME. They didn't want money. Joe said he curled up in a ball . . . hit in the mouth and said his left side was sore, knocked his glasses off, tore up his jacket . . . latter can be mended, glasses scratched but not broken . . . didn't knock out his "beautiful teeth." Ha. Rollyn who is tall and very blonde got the worst of it. The 3rd boy put up a fight and ran, he had $100 on him but they didn't get the money . . . . We should call to see how he is! Maybe this might be an incentive to go "WEST" YOUNG MAN !!!
[Written in the margins] Good Health & Wealth for New Year! Keep riding that bike!!! Finally read your Xmas ltr!! Very Good! A "dumb" ltr (MINE NOT YOURS) I hope life at 1025 No. B. gets back to normal! There were days there, I thought "Xmas" would never end! There should be a better way out!! We "Natives" watched Fiesta Bowl – Disappointing that we lost & How even Bill stayed up to 11:30. Cindy was a Big Help to me! Meals, etc. here. Have seen a lot of them! Rob & Cindy fascinated w/Laura. Could go on & on . . . But now 4:00 o'clock & want to write your Dad & Mom! Looking forward to your visit!!