Sunday, August 12, 2012

Letters from Ollie J -- 1980 Extras

Note in my 8th Birthday Card. Please note that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) are baptized after a child has reached the age of 8, which is what my grandmother is referring to here:

9 Feb 1980

Hi honey,

We have plenty of snow on the ground here - And looks like we will get more.

I am fine and staying warm.

Hope you have a special Birthday. Would love to be with you today and when your Daddy Baptizes you - But can't in person but will be thinking of you.

Learn and be good.

Keep well and happy.

Love Grandma Ollie J

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If you've been reading along in the Retroblogging 1980 entries, you'll remember that Grandma Ollie came to Utah to visit with us. Which was really fun. I don't remember sharing a room with her. Though, apparently, I did.

A little later this summer, we ended up moving to Connecticut. On the long ride east in the car with my Grandma Roa, and my two young brothers, we stopped by Grandma Ollie's Farm in North Carolina for a bit of a break. Two visits in one summer? Unprecedented, and probably not repeated.

12 August 1980

Dear granddaughter,

Thanks for sharing your bed room with me. Love being with you.

Thanks so much for the pictur you made and gave me. I will treasure it long.

I had a very nice trip home. Nice weather all the way.

Have been busy cutting grass and washing.

Yesterday I picked butterbeans shelled and froze them. So was very tired last night. Have helped Uncle Hyrum with his garden too.

Aunt Dot has [Uncle Hyrum's wife] her contact lins and hopes to get more help today so she can see again.

Hope you have a lovely trip.

Be good so your mother can drive careful.

Love you
Grandma [Ollie]

What would my grandmother think of her granddaughter gallivanting all over NYC by herself like I have been doing this summer? She'd probably keep her comments all to herself. After all, I'm just going where my mother has gone before me.

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