Dear Mother & Daddy,
"It's a beautiful day for my birthday but it is awfully cold. Thanks so much for the nice card and the money. It was more than you should have sent but I appreciate it and intend to use it for something I wouldn't just buy. B and the children gave me some stockings, candy & perfume and we are going to buy a small piece of furniture for the house. We haven't decided what it will be.
Ann's first appointment for the braces is today & then I go to a luncheon. I tried to get out of the luncheon but couldn't so it will be rush, rush.
I went to "As You Like It" Club yesterday & had to leave in the middle of the book review because Bob had a dental appointment. The book was Fail Safe and I hated to miss the review for I haven't read it & didn't know whether I'll ever get around to it. I got started on Youngblood Hawke & couldn't stop till I finished it. B read it first & wanted me to & once I started I didn't want to do anything but read.
Ann has been home with a sore throat this week but seems o.k. now. She probably could have gone back to school but her throat stayed scratchy & that's a good time to get more germs so I just kept her home. She missed both music lessons but we weren't taking any chances at her getting the flu. The hospitals here are full & I'm afraid of it although they say it isn't the Asiatic kind.
I finally finished the dacron dress yesterday but haven't tried to wear it so don't know how it's going to be. Then I washed the kitchen & hall walls one day so I've had a busy week.
Thanks for the article about your new preacher. He sounds like he'd be real good for the church & the town. The contractor is working on our church but we don't hear much about it now that the big decisions are made.
All of us got a kick out of that Art Linkletter page. A friend brought Ann a book of boners to read while she was sick & B got to reading it one night & laughed till he cried. I guess silly things like that are good for the soul sometimes.
The mice are fine. They boys still smoke them, weigh them & keep charts. I hope it all ends in April. The female they gave to the science class at school now has another litter so it was a good thing they got rid of her.
The yarn for Ann's sweater finally came & it is real nice but I haven't had a chance to get started. Once I do, it will be like my reading & I probably won't do much else.
I hope your cough is better, Mother, but stay in until it is all gone. This flu is not to be fooled with & I sure hope Daddy escapes."
Lots of love,
NOTE: Written at the end of the letter...
While we loved Art Linkletter, (see earlier post for a video) http://www.annbkennedy.blogspot.com/2013/11/april-2-1959-that-awful-cold-load-of.html it is fun to learn of Jack Benny's return to Broadway when he was 70 years old. As the best paid comedian in the world at the time, he was earning $3,000,000. for 3 years of his T.V. series alone. According to the article above, he craved time alone and would often lock himself in the bathroom to play his violin for hours at a time. Pictured below from a scene in his "new" Broadway show, "Life Begins at 39".
If you were watching T.V. on March 5, 1963, here are a few commercials and the Jack Benny intro you would see: