Tot's letter from 1957 carries all of the pathos we have come to understand of her situation as the oldest live-in member of her household, often dependent on the kindness, or in this case the absence, of the other family members in order to watch her favorite TV shows, like "21", or Tenn. Ernie as she refers to Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Check out her Blue Cross/Blue Shield deductible circa 1957 - our family pays something like 4,000 % more than that rate today!
Dear Marge –
I have been trying to write a few letters this week against the 30-40 I have piled up to answer – Decided yesterday to send one nice note to the Comm. Chest friends to put on the bulletin board until I can find time to write short personal notes to them all. This still continues to be such a busy household – and coincidentally still a gold fish bowl. In addition Ronald took the doors off to plane them down to fit our carpets and they are still not done so as Rosena says we will have to be on the honor system when anyone is in the Biffie.
Vada has been in Houston since last Sat. to try to locate herself in a school here for next year. Do not believe Ronald is 100% for her making this drastic move but no one can talk her out of it. We were all including me over to Jessica’s & Bob’s Sat. night for drinks and dips – I made it very nicely and had a real good time. Vada drinks like a fish – so she and Ronald are a pair at being uninteresting – to me at least. Vada is staying with Jessica & Bob of course. This morning before I was dressed Lois came over and asked me if I could make it to the terrace for coffee. I did, and entirely under my own power – no cane – I can do quite a bit of walking mornings but slow down by noon – go to bed a while & then am O.K. for the evening. I guess one has to learn how to live with this thing. I want to get to the beauty shop soon for a permanent.
Must tell you how I came out with Blue Cross on my hospital bill. You know this is the $25.00 ded. contract. My total bill for hospital (not Doctor or Surgery) was $559.54 which Blue Cross paid in full. They do not pay Ambulance Serv. – so I pd. that - $15.00, the $25.00 ded. And 90¢ tel. calls. Isn’t that a wonderful deal? The Blue Shield has not sent me their amt. paid to Dr. Moody yet. Out of state transactions take a while to complete.
We have had such beautiful weather for a while – 80º day after day. The gardenias Camelias are in bud – grass so green & tress coming into leaf. The yard & patio are just full of cardinals, red-headed woodpeckers, blue jays and others I have never seen before. Also there is that huge Siamese Cat sitting on the wall just outside the window – watching the birds of course. I have been wishing Blanche could see all these birds. Be such fun for you two to drop in.
The Barbours have a new poodle – a gray one – beautifully carved and larger than Peppers – in fact twice as large. Very expensive and pedigreed. Lill came in to see me one morning when she was home sick with a cold. She is so nice to visit with.
We finally saw the 21 program last night. The reason we miss so many, as you know, is because Ronald takes charge of programs when he is home. They were out to dinner last night and go to Symphony tonight. The girls are just as sweet & good as ever! I certainly do enjoy them. I do not hear from Em either. Bud writes me very regularly now about twice a week. A letter yesterday said Barney was now due to leave Casa Feb. 20 – but no one was as excited as he keeps changing his plans. Tenn. Ernie coming on TV now so want to watch him. Much love to you from us all.
P.S. My feet are swollen they both look like puffballs. It distresses Susan so yesterday she came through with the idea that if she punched a hole in my feet the air would come out. Oh! me, am afraid she might try it some time when I’m asleep.