Good morning Everyone!
Mark is steadily working on getting the garage unpacked so that we can get both cars in – winter is coming, and neither of us are fond of scraping ice or wiping cold wet dew off of our car windows. While we were working on unpacking, we came across a box of keepsakes I got from my grandparents after they both passed away. In it was the following letter to them from me in fourth grade. I thought I would share it with you. While I cannot, alas, replicate the handwriting on the computer, I will faithfully follow both the capitalization, color and spelling in the original.
Dear Grandma and Grampa,
How are you? I’m fine and am feeling happy. It’s the “Fourth of July here and the time is 18 min. before 9:A.M.
Cheryl is going in to 2nd Grade. I drew a picture of a Cat and it is good. Guess what? We have a dog for a little while. Stacy is go to kinderegarden. I have a bulliten board. How is Clyde? Cheryl and Stacy are fine. I am going into fourth grade and know a little division.
Is Debbie Joe there? Tell her that I’m taking sketching lessons and bowling lessons. I wish you could call us and say hi and a few other things but most of all I wish you could come over and see us. Debbie might like to here about Chinese Operas so I will tell abuot them. They are rather noisy and the singing tone mostly in a high voice. Shopping at the Exchange is fine, though I have not done it much. Stacy is bugging me for a peice of paper
and just now got on from Dad. Our Amah is vacuming the rug. At night I like to listen to the Crickets and sing myself to sleep. It’s pretty noisy just now. I’ll write a story for you.
Nancy Merilynn Linn
The Magic Book
Once when Language had not been invented but was just invented there Lived a Lovly maiden named Napoli Now, once she had been free to do what she wanted
but a witch locked her up. There was only one way to get her out of the cell and that was to find the book the Wisard of Os.” Now a handsome prince came galloping along one day and every night came forth and Said “Come forth, Come forth please thee, Sweet Napoli.”
“And she would answer”
How Can I,
When Can I,
The cell cannot be unlocked by Poetry.
Countined in next Letter.
A few explanatory notes:
1) We were living in Taiwan at the time, the early ’70’s. It was hard and expensive to make overseas calls from the United States. There was no such thing as the internet, home pc’s or e-mail.
2) Stacy and Cheryl are my sisters. Debbie Jo is my cousin.
3) Clyde was a dog that used to be ours but whom Mom and Dad had given to Grandma and Grandpa when we moved somewhere with base housing that didn’t allow pets. Grandpa and Clyde, in particular, were great buddies.
4) An “Amah” is a live-in housekeeper.
5) Alas, a follow up letter with a story continuation either a) did not survive, or b) was not written, so Napoli remains locked up to this day!
Have a great day!