This letter is to answer some of your questions. When you were just a year old
I took your mother and you three kids to Madison, Wisconsin so that I could
get my Masterís degree in history at the university there. I planned to become
a Professor of History. But after only a year I realized your mother probably
wouldnít be happy as a professorís wife. So we came back east where I
eventually joined my fatherís company.
Twelve years later I found myself alone with you five children, after losing
your mother, and not quite knowing how to proceed. So I was thankful to
fall in love with your step-mother, and marry her a year later. I think you
got lost with the addition of her four kids. I know it was tough for you and
I know you and your step-mother didnít get along. Think of her kids: they
had to choose between their parents. And I apologize for neglecting you.
We as a family have had our share of losses but weíve come through basically
intact. Weíve all had to learn what works and what doesnít. I know Iíve
made mistakes. We just need to keep plugging along and do our best. Thatís all
anyone can ask. Take pains. A good sense of humor makes a difference. Iím
glad youíve made a life for yourself. Your grandfather said of you, ďSheíll
always land on her feet.Ē
Yes, Iíve read those tracts you gave me. As you know, we (your step-mother
and I) have read Paulís letters in the Bible. Good literature. I guess there might
be something bigger out there. I do believe that helping people and being a
good person is important. Itís better to be a giver than a taker. Iím glad you
and your step-mother get along now. She and I have had a happy thirty-nine
years together. Iím very thankful for having her in my life.
Lots of Love,
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