here's an joke....an man was out driving his car in the countryside...he was about to go around an rather sharp curve in the road when an woman coming his way in another car yells at him..."PIG"....he yells back definantley.... "B...h"...that's when it happened.."Bam!".....he ran into the pig...Some days guys just never listen.... do they?(Chuckles)
I'm sitting here with an letter my husband found written to me in 1982, in an drawer he decided needed cleaned out that it was tucked in the back of it...from an lady now deceased...Florence Larkins...and in the letter an picture of Raplh Larkins being crowned King of the day in his nursing home where he lived out his older years. They were bestowed with capes and crown...yes, there was an "Queen" also. Florence said she had an hard fall and had been down and out of circulation f r5 weeks...had to have Pauline come in to help her, Pauline was cleaning house and cooking dinner for them after she got off work. She said that Pauline suprised her and asked some of the other kin over for Sunday dinner which she enjoyed...said she was glad to hear from me and read some about the Oregon Pioneers..and wonders if the genealogy will ever be completed on the family...talked about people she wished would keep in contact also that haven't. she's 83...she sounds an bit disappointed. She rely's an lot on the correspondence of others in her life now that she's older..she's 83 I think...she'd live another some 10 years. Talks about the weather and the crops that year, wonders if they will be ok that year...as someone found on an nice day an grasshopper alive, wonder if they'd be eating everything in site by summer...said with her fall it took her 5 weeks to be able to sit on an davenport (sofa) and she was glad it was an thick one. Said that 7 of thier country farmer's wives had come over and Pauline helped her with making everyone lunch that day, she was more interested in what everyone was doing then eating. Talks some about Frank's sister Ethel's funeral ..and that his sister Mabel was also brought back so the family could be buried together...said there wasn't an day that Frank didn't go pay Ralph an visit also. Told me what some of them had done during their lives. Asked me about my sister and family going on's. Talks about the faith in God and how some cults these days make one unsure of following one's faith...but how necessary it is to make it through hard times to have an strong foundation and faith these days. An pleasant letter...as she was an pleasant woman to talk to most the time. They lived in an small town in the south central Nebraska area...where sometimes about the only thing going on is an the new chicken laying its first egg...but it was nice to hear that from her...not some of the morbid stuff to today.....she sent me an newspaper clip of Ralph and he's got an smile and mile and half wide on his face. Frank and her married in thier teens...and theylived to be several years in an row on the national "The Rest of the Story" news commetary... as the longest married couple in the USA.
You know the post office workers were going to protest last weekend...as they have besides numerous post offices in the state closed down 4 distribution centers also. I cherish these letters, because unless someone keeps the archives on the web sites...will never have an "true" rendering of an person's personailty like the letters give. She spells pefectly,,says they are tea totalers also..so no imbibing to relieve her pains...that they read books a lot, esp Frank, but he's not an very good letter writer, wanted to know if Pat got " Aunt Katherine's Larkins Book"...and wanted to know why we havent' heard from Slyvia. I didnt' have the heart to tell her that Sylvia called me and told me that the Austin's had declared her incompetent and made themselve guardians over her financial affairs...crying...said they locked her in an nursing home... to come and help her....I tried...but could never catch up with her...I called him and asked where she was at..he told me an "lie" so I couldn't see her...they told me the place he told me she was at, they had never heard of her. I never heard from her again. I wonder if they sedated her to death, so they could sell everything she had and "pocket it"...like they did when they made me the reunion President.I think Florence must of known in an way...it seemed very important to her for me to have the original documentation on William E. Larkins...and our direct maternal family lineage....Florence wanted toPreserve our" Larkins" family...not the Eldon Austin family. This was an large generation of brothers and sisters you know...I think they wanted to stay together in ways...and yet also be independent. This is my grandfather's generation. So goes for family letters. I read this letter like I am back east in her livingroom talking to her.
I go for now. I don't think hubby as of yet found the papers to my stove...I'm not sure it's even an year old before it now needs fixed...not an big problem, but one that keeps me from using it until it is fixed. Hump, they don't make things like they use to either!
Disguised the word Shirley so as not to upset your fellow countrymen/women. Edited by: Ron Brind at:20th April 2012 08:40