Dear Mother & Daddy,
"Tomorrow is a big day in our hearts. It is Dad's Day and we hope it is a nice day for both of you and it is Bob & Pat's first wedding anniversary. It hardly seems possible.
Our trip was just wonderful. I was like a little kid the day we started and woke up real early & couldn't go back to sleep so we just got up and started earlier than we planned. We had a long day's drive that day but the Mustang is real comfortable to ride in. We were in Wheeling, W.Va. by 4:00 so stopped at the Fostoria place to look around.
Everything has gone up in price. There was one bowl I would have bought if we'd been driving back but I didn't buy anything. We drove on to Washington, Pa. & stayed all night & the next morning drove south to Morgantown, W.Va. where there are two glass factories. I've always wanted to go there and they did have some beautiful things. Seneca glass makes cut lead glass and had some beautiful goblets a lot like my Irish ones but they were around $10. a goblet. There were tours so you could see the work done but we didn't take time for that. The Morgantown glass works has a plain pattern they call White House, I believe it is, that was designed for the White House. When Mrs. Kennedy moved into her Georgetown house after the assassination they sent her a set for herself and her thank-you letter is hanging in the showroom at the factory. There were some pictures of Mrs. Johnson around a dinner table set with the glassware, too. It was absolutely plain & very pretty. It wasn't real expensive as I remember--about $2.00 a goblet.
Morgantown is quite a bit south of the Pa. Turnpike so B asked about the road at a filling station and we went on thru Maryland on a different road from any we'd been on before. It was two lane so much slower than the turnpike, but thru very beautiful country. It was rather late when we got into Fredericksburg, Va. that night. That is an old town too, and is a tourist place because George Washington's mother lived there. His boyhood home is here. We had hoped to see a few of the places but it was too late & they were all closed.
Pat's family didn't get there until Saturday evening so we had all day to visit with Bob & Pat. They took a swim in the motel pool & then we all went over to her father's aunt's house to see her family when they came. From then on we were all together almost all of the time. There were nine of us so it took a big table when we ate.
|Bonnie, Pat & B|
Monday the kids wanted to go to the beach so we drove about 60 miles to Virginia Beach. They couldn't stay in the water too long because a storm came up. It barely sprinkled but the wind blew & the sky got black. They had fun though & all of us enjoyed it. It is a summer town so it was full of souvenir shops & sports wear shops. We bought Ann a blouse & that was the extent of my buying on the trip.
Our plane left Richmond at 4:15 so Bob & Pat took us there & then went on to Charlottesville to visit some friends. This couple graduated from Wm. & Mary last year & he is in law school at U. of Va. They were all going into the mountains to camp & then were going to a wedding today.
Ann called yesterday just to talk. She is enjoying her work so much & sounded so happy. Her office in the church is the Asst. Minister's Office. She laughed & said it sure was nice but she didn't know what she is supposed to do. She won't have more camp work until July so part of her time now will probably be planning. She said camp was real fun but she came home muddy & grubby every day and even learned to tolerate snakes.
I'm sorry Uncle Floyd is having to have another operation. Are these skin cancers? If so, they aren't bad, are they?
|Bob & his new pet|
Since we got home I've been trying to catch up on things I've left undone for so long. Believe it or not, I got my spice rack all painted & ready to hang. It looks real pretty but I was afraid I couldn't hang it straight & left that job to B.
He was in Springfield all day yesterday & has been at school all morning. The college budget has to be approved by the state legislature & they aren't very easy to please.
We are going to a wedding this afternoon so I'd better get lunch started. It's cool enough for a suit today.
Hope you both are fine."