SOOT IN THE FLUES


| November/December 1960



Soot in the Flues

Well, here we are getting the Christmas issue ready and I've just barely sent the children off to school. Seems funny, but that's the way it is with writing for magazines deadlines are so early. This will be a big year at our house for our eldest offspring will graduate come next spring and you know what a wonderful time it is being in school those last few years. Dana Gail has just entered seventh grade, which is in the same school as the high school students, and she is ecstatic with joy at being in such a wonderful place after just plain old elementary. No. 3 child, Donald, entered school for the first this fall and he is the one that always has us guessing very unpredictable, obstinate, strong-willed, skeptical of anything you tell him and dear knows what else (he's also a doll with eyes that melt you just when you could blow a fuse). All we have to do is channel all the above adjectives properly so that the result will be a typical good American boy with prayers to bolster our spirits, vitamins to increase our vitality and desire and determination to help another good citizen find his place in the world - we might just make it.

I'm never anxious, though, to see the family starting back to school. I think some people live for school to start but I really miss them oh, it has its advantages but I still miss them. However, little Keli Anne is still home to help me and she really does it may take longer to do things and there may be detours but she does help. And I surely don't have much time to be lonely with all the IRON-MEN letters coming in every day to keep us busy. And here I am again rambling on about my gang some of you like it for you've told me so and others well, please forgive!

Elmer just returned from over three weeks trip to the middle west where I know many of you people met and talked with him. He celebrated his 72nd birthday September 5th and I told him today he looked hunger instead of aging more while he was gone. (And what's more he DID look wonderful!) Sometimes I wonder about this age business! He certainly buzzes around like one many years his junior just hope it lasts for many more years! We're glad he's back home again anyhow! He's also our High School PTA president this year how do you like that?? I think it's great. He'll always be young at heart and that's where it counts.

Williams Grove Reunion, held for the second year, was an outstanding event.