Could it possibly be true that in 1956 the state of Texas celebrated Thanksgiving a week later than the rest of the country?
So says "Tot" in her letter here to "Marge". But perhaps in jest?
Wed. Dec. 5 – 56
Dear Marge. Its only eight a.m. The last of the four to leave a few minutes ago was Susan. Ro and Ron left at 6:30 – Chloe about 7:30 & then in a cloud of dust. Susan. I’m a wreck every morning just keeping out of the way – till they are all gone. Marge the weather is just beautiful here now. Up to 75 to 78 during the day. About 65 at night. All day yesterday I watched the Cowan children play around barefooted. Lois pops in a couple of times a day & she was barefooted too. Our children never are – except occasionally in the house.
Chloe and I have been making out our Christmas lists. Don’t know whether I will get down town or not – but am planning along the theory that I will. Am still quite bad off & tho the actual misplacements are corrected there are still torn and weak ligaments to heal. Well to the Christmas list which may help you. From all I hear the Nelsons think they should keep Christmas simple – at least that is the talk I hear – you & I are sure it should be so lets plan from there: I thought you and I could give Ro & Ron together a Universal Coffee-Maker. That is the percolater type which is what they want. I can get it I think here for around $15.00 – the 8-10 cup size. (They still need wastebaskets, mirrors, a card table, etc.) I use a paper bag in my room. Have not seen myself below the neck & would love a card table to write or play a game of Solitaire on.
For the girls – They have no hand mirrors – so both borrow mine which is out of my train case and sooner or later you know what will happen to it. So I think a simple mirror each with short handle would be awfully nice for them. Then they need slips – both wear regular sizes & lengths – like Ro would wear – Chloe size 32 – Sue 34. They want them pretty & lacy & either pink or white. Must be slips not half. Ro said last night to tell you to just come for Christmas & forget shopping. Jessica and Bob were here less than a week when they found an apt. They came for Thanksgiving dinner which by the way was delicious. I don’t know yet how I did it but I got everything ready the day before so we had only the turkey to roast – potatoes to cook & gravy to make. Ro & I got up at 5 o’clock to pop the bird in the oven. A 22 lb. beauty. Really never tasted such an elegant one. We had dinner about 3 o’clock after Ro had the Barbours over or cocktails at one. We were all asked there for the evening but I was completely grounded by then & had to go to bed. You know Texas celebrates Thanksgiving a week later than the rest of the nation!
Our TV is on the blink – sound but no picture – the girls say it will stay that way for a long time as Daddy never attends to anything right away. Wish he knew how much it means to me – alone day after day. Everyone goes to bed immediately after dinner. They need to. I really am concerned very much about Rosena working so hard – Ronald too. I wonder what good so many earthly & material possessions do where there is not time to enjoy anything.
So sorry you were ill after the Thanksgiving festivities. I wrote a long letter to Em a few days ago & now want to do the same to Bud. But its 3 wks. since I have written him.
Can’t you come soon Marge & be here at least 3 weeks? In fact come now for there just isn’t going to be any one to whip up a Christmas if you & I don’t. I can’t alone – unless I recover pronto. The girlies are so darling but both are doing so much in school, baby-sitting & house work that I can’t bear to have them let down.
Think I know now what Mrs. Wilcox meant when she said she didn’t want to come to Texas to be alone all winter. That isn’t my attitude at all for if I am able nothing I enjoy more that doing the things around here to make it easier for Rosena.
Must get up now & into some clothes. Am also hungry. Much love & remember me to Murphy.
I really enjoy reading the voice and hearing the perspective of an older woman, the hardships of her lonely life, the sacrifices she makes for her family, and the small acts of both kindness and carelessness that make up the fabric of her daily existence.
The voices in these letters are so real and the concerns are timeless, even if buying a Universal Percolating Coffee Maker for $15.00 is not.