Leila and Bessie's letters

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January 3rd, 1983
Tuesday Jan 3rd, 1983 Dear Leila, Would you believe that I forgot to put in your envelope your letter? Well, that’s what happened. The envelope felt full as of course it should, because of the note &
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previous wanted to go to the coast but I guess he won’t be able to. No one wants to take him. Orion works most days. Tao phoned me, he asked me to come up + live with them. I know they would treat me
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October 20th, 1983
Oct. 20, 1983 
Dear Leila, Another birthday coming up. And I hope the day finds you well and happy. And the year ahead of you the best you have ever had, healthwise and money wise. I hear from your fa
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moody and changeable she is it’s hard to tell. She has bee very nice lately, but yesterday when I stopped in for a few minutes she was in depression again. It made me feel depressed, too. Guess you he
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previous terrible cake I made you when you thought you were a diabetic? I’m sure glad you weren’t. That psoriasis is too much anyway. I’m planning on going up to a friend’s b’day celebration in Pleasa
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previous need done. He goes to school but is not pushing to get through like he should. Polaris is going to some electronic-computer school in Fresno. He hasn't been home since he moved there. I hope
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October 24th, 1983
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January 2nd, 1984
Jan 2nd, 1984 Just a few words to wish you a very hapy New Year. I'm enclosing a note for Martin. I don't think I've ever heard his last name. Although I sort of think I may have, if it's a Scandinavi
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previous came home. I was glad to see him. It was like being at a wake, I guess you know what that is. Maybe we were sad for the dying year. But, I really wasn't, 1983 hadn't been too good to me. I wa
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January 15th, 1984
Jan. 15th, 1984 Dear Leila, Just a note to say I heard from Orion that you broke your leg. But today your dad said it was only cracked. So that makes me relieved. But, even a crack is bad. Aches, I'm
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July 17th, 1984
Tues. 7pm, July 17th 1984. Dear Leila Just a note to say I'm sorry I bothered you about your mother. It seems she thinks i poned the family about her. And, it's none of my business. I should keep my n
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previous when you come up, will you take the time to go over this money with me, and divide it? It's just lying here in the house and I don't like that. It's not a great deal, but I don't want thieves
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September 13th, 1984
Sept 13th 1984. Dear Leila, I rec'd the beautifully printed birthday invitation, and thank you. Of course, I know your b'day won't be until Oct 24th. But if you want to celebrate early that is fine wi
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previous you then if I'm around, as I'm expecting to be. Orion drives to the Fresno U twice a week, hopin gto get on the nursing program. They only take a lmited number and I guess he was late registe
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Jan 3rd, 1983

Dear Leila,

Would you believe that I forgot to put in your envelope your letter? Well, that’s what happened. The envelope felt full as of course it should, because of the note & [[illegible]] to Martin.

So now I’ve explained that and there isn’t much to add. Besides, I’m in a hurry to mail this so it won’t be too far behind the other. I’ll walk down to the P.O. now. It’s a dull, grey day again.

Danny came by on his way to El Centro with a load of lumber. He stopped and I gave him the persimmons he wanted. He visited a while with your mother, then left at 10pm.

I hope he got there OK.

Polaris is still here. He continued

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previous wanted to go to the coast but I guess he won’t be able to. No one wants to take him. Orion works most days.

Tao phoned me, he asked me to come up + live with them.

I know they would treat me swell but I’m better off here.

So in a rush.

Take care.

Love

Grandma.

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Oct. 20, 1983

Dear Leila,

Another birthday coming up. And I hope the day finds you well and happy. And the year ahead of you the best you have ever had, healthwise and money wise.

I hear from your father that you are really bogged down with work. I hope that you complete the training and get where you are able to relax and enjoy living.

Have you found tenants who are congenial? I hope so.

I’m sure you want [to] be home for your b’day, but how about Thanksgiving? Will you be through by then?

Margie says we will have a good family celebration then.

But, knowing her and how continued

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moody and changeable she is it’s hard to tell. She has bee very nice lately, but yesterday when I stopped in for a few minutes she was in depression again. It made me feel depressed, too.

Guess you heard we had Tao’s b’day party in Fresno. Of course only Tao, Linda, Margie, Myron, Polaris and I were there. It was a good time but not too gay.I took him a cake which they took home. I think they are coming down for Thanksgiving.

Too bad all that levi family can’t get settled and on their own. But everyone seems to have so many problems and no solutions.

I hope you get a good invitation out for your day. Maybe someone will make you a cake. Remember that continued

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previous terrible cake I made you when you thought you were a diabetic? I’m sure glad you weren’t. That psoriasis is too much anyway.

I’m planning on going up to a friend’s b’day celebration in Pleasant Hill: guess you know where that is. I’m going on the bus, unless I get sick and can’t go. It’s Anna Davis’, from Ogema Minn, 90th b’day. Your mom and her daughter used to play together when they were kids. Both are named Marjorie.

Things here stay about the same. I went to Hanford on Tues. 18th to a dinner for Kings County employees. It was a reunion and was nice. Orion drove my car for me. He does things for me that I continued

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previous need done. He goes to school but is not pushing to get through like he should. Polaris is going to some electronic-computer school in Fresno. He hasn't been home since he moved there. I hope he gets home for his b'day Nov. 2nd.

Then comes Orion's b'day and Thanksgiving. So hope to see you then.

It's really wonderful weather - not too hot, or too cold. In the morning it's on the cool side but days are fine.

Take good care of yourself. And I hope that load you are carrying is soon lighter.

Love

Grandma

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Jan 2nd, 1984

Just a few words to wish you a very hapy New Year.

I'm enclosing a note for Martin. I don't think I've ever heard his last name. Although I sort of think I may have, if it's a Scandinavian name. Even if it is it has escaped my memory. It's really no matter.

How was your New Year, did you celebrate? I think 1984 will be a good year for you.

Your mother invited me over New Year's Eve, so they insisted they come for me - I wanted to drive. I went at 6 pm. Marjorie filled my plate heapingly full, enough fo rtwo. Then she disappeared so although the table was set for 6 only 3 of us ate. Your dad, Polaris and I. Orion was working.

I went in the bedroom and asked if she were sick. She said she had a headache. So I went to the living room and stayed until mid-night. The only interruption in the time was when Orion

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came home. I was glad to see him. It was like being at a wake, I guess you know what that is. Maybe we were sad for the dying year. But, I really wasn't, 1983 hadn't been too good to me. I was sad for your mother slowly killing herself with alcohol and I have to just stand by. So I felt like I was attending a wake. Could have cried but didn't want to embarrass your dad.

How was Tao? Is he still in love? I sure wouldn't want his life either. Linda is sweet and good, but there's the kid. I guess she isn't too bad, but I don't think it's good to take on a ready made family.

Still, this is the end of the sheet, so I'll make it the end of this.

Take care,

Love

Grandma

Atom drove up from Bakersfield for New Year, Sat

I liked your friend, he is so nice and sweet, a change from us.

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Jan. 15th, 1984

Dear Leila,

Just a note to say I heard from Orion that you broke your leg. But today your dad said it was only cracked. So that makes me relieved. But, even a crack is bad. Aches, I'm sure.

If you are trying to teach those southeast Asians, I could have told you that they are Asian Monkeys. The ones here are swinging from the tree in front of here most of the time. I never go to their rescue. Let them break their necks, less for US to care for.

Things are about the same here. Babe talks of coming down in the airlines gives discounts, their money is only 80¢ on the dollar here. So that sure costs, and I can't see why their dollar isn't as good as ours. Someone is profiting there.

Well, take [care] of yourself, let the little devils break their legs, or arms, or necks, save yours.

Have a coffee or sandwich for the $2 or whatever.

Good Luck + Love

Grandma

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Tues. 7pm,

July 17th 1984.

Dear Leila

Just a note to say I'm sorry I bothered you about your mother. It seems she thinks i poned the family about her. And, it's none of my business. I should keep my nose out of her affairs she said and not call her kids. So it was worse than wasted effort as I sure got told off for 10 minutes or so. I guess if a person wants to kill themself, look the other way, it's their life. She won't accept helep, "doesn't need" any.

As for your dad, I don't think he is interested and he is the only one who could do something. So please, forget I bothered you, time goes on and wait and see.

What I'm really writing about is your mother gave me back the silver I left with her to be divided among you kids. So

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when you come up, will you take the time to go over this money with me, and divide it? It's just lying here in the house and I don't like that. It's not a great deal, but I don't want thieves to take it even if it's little - some good silver dollars, etc for each.

Polaris has moved. I was sorry for that, as I thought he had a good place and the people were nice. Now he's in an apt on his own and that's not good, I think.

Please, don't mention I wrote about anything as I'm in deep enough trouble now.

Best wishes to Martin, and do take care.

Hope to see you before too long,

Love

Grandma

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Sept 13th 1984.

Dear Leila,

I rec'd the beautifully printed birthday invitation, and thank you.

Of course, I know your b'day won't be until Oct 24th. But if you want to celebrate early that is fine with me. Most of us don't want to push up the date, we would rather delay it.

Anyway, I hope you, and your partner in the celebration, have a terrific time. Please, give your friend my very best wishes for a wonderful year ahead.

I wonn't be able to attend. I was lucky I could last year. I really enjoyed that party.

Things here are much the same. The hot weather stays with us, and we endure.

I expect you will be home for Thanksgiving so I'll see

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you then if I'm around, as I'm expecting to be.

Orion drives to the Fresno U twice a week, hopin gto get on the nursing program. They only take a lmited number and I guess he was late registering for it, he procrastinates so Orion and I went up to Tao's a while ago. He drove my car. I've enjoyed visiting them and they and us went into the Yosemite Park. There is very little water coming down the Falls. But it was a good outing.

Have a good time, and greet Martin for me. I think he is so nice.

Love

Grandma

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