What a piece of work is man!

My father and I are the only members of our family unencumbered by a college education. Clearly, the lack of a diploma did Samuel Reuben no harm.

November 29, 1970

Dear Shelly,

Since Lord Chesterfield, including his son, from whom vast treasures were appropriated, wallows in disgrace, we shall have to revert to Emerson and the Right Honorable Sir John Lubbock, M.P. A few words ~ Education ought not to cease when we leave school ~ But if well begun there, will continue thro’out our lifetime.

And Byron!

And what is writ, is writ ~

Would it were worthier.

And about smoking ~

Health is best for mortal man. Next beauty ~ thirdly, well gotten wealth, and fourthly, the pleasure of youth among friends.

Love Dad ~ Mother ~ Michael ~ Chucky

December 20, 1970

Dear Shelly,

It was nice talking to you by telephone. Obviously the phone company will be declaring a new dividend payable on and from excess profits. By the way, Uncle Jack just returned from a trip to Guadalajara and Mexico City. He is learning how to talk Spanish, a little bit at a time…Chuck is going to a banquet at the Deerfield High School sponsored by the Order of the Arrow… Michael is going to take the car tomorrow, and will leave for Southern Illinois with his friend Danny, and to trap a falcon.



“The world desires to know what a man can do, not what he knows.”

And the English Philosopher Bacon assures us that, “If a man look sharp and attentively, he shall see fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.”

A well-known proverb tells us that, by the time he is forty, everyone is either a fool or a physician. Unfortunately, however, many persons are invalids at forty as well as physicians. The above goes for the tobacco industry.

Lovelace wrote:

Stone walls do not a prison make,

Nor Iron bars a cage,

Minds innocent and quiet take

That for hermitage

If I have freedom in my love,

And in my soul am free

Angels alone that soar above

Enjoy such liberty.

And as Shakespeare once said:

What a piece of work is man!

How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty!

In form and movement, how express and admirable!

The future of man is full of hope,

and who can foresee the limits of his destiny?

Love ~ Dad and Mom

Michael as well as Chucky.

May 7, 1971

My dear Shelly,

It’s quite some time since I have written to you, altho’ we have spoken together on the telephone. Needless to say, we miss your company here at home, especially for Friday evenings. You must be slightly lonesome in N.Y.C. We are looking forward to the time when we can visit you. Linda is back with us, and she has a good job in the downtown office district. Michael is busy flying his hawk, and with taking pictures, motion and stills of the bird. Chucky is also quite occupied with his musical instruments for orchestra and band.

Maybe you can think seriously of coming back home. There is plenty of opportunity here, and we have almost the same degree of ecological pollution as N. York.

Besides, New York City is the first to come out worst …“Vivace, ma non Trappo Presto.” Italian Expression S.R.

Lots of Love from Dad and Mom

Shelly Reuben is an Edgar-nominated author, private detective, and fire investigator. For more about her books, visit shellyreuben.com

Copyright © 2009, Shelly Reuben.

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