Feb 14, 2007
What [a] lovely letter from you, I really enjoyed it! I am so glad to hear from you but especially to know you still remember so many things that I had long ago forgotten. "How little we realize how much we'll be remembered!"
I always delighted in observing all the beauties and wonders of nature, but I had no idea that when I pointed them out to my grandchildren that they, and you in particular would remember those years, yes, decades later. You mentioned the touch-me-nots, I have some growing in my perennial garden so now I will be reminded of you every time I notice them.
Thank you too for your Valentine's Day card with the photo of you and Sarah and Meaghan.
I really am amazed at how you remember so many things that I had long ago forgotten. I especially "got a kick" out of your little story of driving in my old Jeep and my response to the curvy road ahead sign.
I have experienced such a wonderful and good life it is hard for me to place a happiest moment, but I would suggest it was meeting Myrtle and her acceptance of me, and of course her giving and raising such 2/ a wonderful family, and also her example of a loving wife, who raised and looked after them in their early years which had to be quite difficult when we consider how unsettled our first years of marriage were.
Well here we go again, after lunch, which my generation called "Dinner", washed the dishes, had a nap, picked up today's mail, and our usual bi-weekly visit by the Health Nurse; check my Blood Pressure, and said "Perfect." In the meantime it has started to snow, fine light snow. The least snowfall this winter in my memory.
I had my first car ride and the only one I remember; in England; just up the street from where we lived, a school chum; Donald Noakes, his Father had a car, and gave me my first and only car ride I remember in England.
Here is the story of my meeting your Nanny. An older girl who I went to school with in the little country school at Lower Knoxford, NB had married, had two children, and whose husband worked as a Lumber Grader; need assistance, she had two small sons and Myrtle was working for her. Her husband Fred Weir was a lumber grader.
3/ and worked for Flemming and Gibson in Juniper Sawmill, they offered me $1.00 per day, 10 hours, to tally for Fred and, I also could live with them, and learn Lumber Grading. The mill was known as Flemming and Gibson Ltd., one of the company was Hugh John Flemming, who later became Premier of N.B.
I see Sarah just about every Sunday at church here in Andover, I really enjoy having her sit with me; last Sunday I assisted our Rector with the Service of Holy Communion, I thought they retired me, but am glad I can still assist if needed.
Had another welcome interruption; my good neighbor across the Street, Judy Wood, brought me some of her specialty "Cinnamon Roll," some Soup for supper, bread and cake, what a blessing to have such a neighbor! She does not know I have a Bread Machine, and yesterday I made a loaf of my Special, "Rustic Brown Bread."
So thanks for your nice letter memories, hope I have answered all questions, Sterling phones every Sunday morning, so I will be reporting your nice long letter. Hope you will be down some day for a visit.
All my love, "Old Gunky." (Over PS)
I still remember meeting you at St. Leonard's Airport, along with your pet White Rat.