By the way, we've been informed that after graduation from basic we will all be given some free time off after receiving our orders, so I will be able to come home sometime around Christmas for a short stay. Perfect timing don't you think? I can hardly wait, I plan to take Kris ice skating at Miller's pond, but don't tell her.

That's all for now. Write back soon.

Signed,

Your loving son

*****

My Dearest son,

October 10th.

Well, I'm sure you've gotten the news by now. Kris said she was going to send you a long letter with a bunch of the pictures. We are all so proud of her. She made an absolutely beautiful Harvest Queen at the festival. I like her so much dear.

I just wish that you two didn't have to spend so much time apart from each other right now.

Kallie and I spent most of the weekend raking the leaves in the yard after we got your last letter. Thank you for reminding me to cover up all my pretty little flowers.

Mrs. Parsons saw us outside working and told me that I was working too hard, you know how she can be, so she took matters into her own hands and sent that Olsen kid, Buck, over to help.

I've paid him a couple of dollars to do a few odd jobs, but it's not the smartest thing I've ever done because now I can't get him to stop coming by the house.

I don't believe it's the money though, he and Kallie have started spending way too much time together lately. She makes him some hot cider when he comes and they sit and giggle at each other. She says, "he's kind of cute?"

Bill Harrison came for Sunday dinner after church. We had a lovely time. It was fun to talk about old times. We even went through that old box of photos in the hall closet, and we ended up talking till very late.

He brought me a potted plant when he came. I do believe it's the most pathetic thing I've ever seen. Just a little lump of ugly, in a pot of dirt.

Bill says it's an amaryllis or something like that. I'm going to put it in the dining room window. It's the sunniest place in the house and he says that it will need lots of sun.

I'll water the thing but I don't think much will come of it. It was nice of him to think of it though, don't you think?

We just love the pictures that you sent. It looks more like a scout camp than what you have described. They all look like a fine group of boys.




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