Monday, March 01, 2010
August 12, 1983
Hi Sib and Rich
How are you doing there. I'm fine thankyou. I will go to cam August 1, 1983. I got your letter two weeks ago. Scott gave me a boat. I gave John my boat. Dad has been working on Arline:s car. Can you believe we got a car. When we were coming home it broke down. tomorrow I:m going down the river. In two week I go back to school well thats all. by and still love ya.
P.S. write soon
Rich is my uncle Richard. I sometimes addressed him in my letters, but most of the time I only wrote to my aunt. I don't really remember going to camp, but I do remember getting that boat. It was a model boat. My neighbor's son, Scott, gave it to me. He had lost interest so he let me finish it. I don't remember John. Arline was Scott's mom. She was our neighbor. She and her husband divorced. My dad was sweet on her for many years. I still can't say why they broke up. I sometimes wish they hadn't though...
Going "down the river" meant that we left our home and travelled South along the Ohio river for 100mi to visit my dad's parents. They lived waaaay out in the woods. I had many wonderful memories of that place. It had a long winding driveway with a pond at the entrance. Near the top, it leveled off and there were two parking places. The house was modest and very comfortable. At the far end of the yard, was an opening in the trees with a fence separating the neighbor's cow pasture from my grandparent's property. It was a perch from which we could watch the cars travelling that lonely dirt road along the ridge. I would love to see that view again, but I'm afraid that, as most of life's treasures do, I would be disappointed. I think I'll stick to my memories of that place and (most likely) never visit it again.