Michael is experimenting with his photography

My father had a favorite phrase from the Bible: THE STONE THAT WAS REJECTED BECAME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. In our family, my Dad was the chief cornerstone.

February 11, 1970

My dear Shelly,

I sometimes think that we are all in need of the healthful waters of the bubbling spring. Waters which require to be troubled before they can exercise their virtue. As it was once remarked ~

Through labor to rest ~

Through combat to victory.

… Shelly, maybe you can understand it better if you were to abandon the apartment, the $175.00 monthly rent, the insect life, the fifth floor and consider coming back to Chicago and Highland Park. Life is the same all over the world. Business is a constant struggle and economic and domestic peace and security are the prizes for the swiftest in the race. Opportunities exist for success in writing as well as dramatics, television and oratory. It is a good saying that where there is a will there is a way ...

There is a “Kelly Girl” business in Chicago and with your ability and experience you will have no trouble in getting any kind of job you will want. And besides, you will have $175.00 in your pocket and we will all be happy.

A student of Aristotle once said ...

Education ought not to cease when we leave school,

but if well begun there, will continue through our lifetime.

With $2,100.00 a year plus all other expenses necessary to stay in N.Y.C. you could afford to travel and see the world in addition to other moneys you will have left over. And now I must close with the “crème de la milk, the ‘croix de la guerre,’ the chocolate de la Cocoa.”

A cultivated mind, and not particularly that of a philosopher, but any mind to which the fountains of knowledge have been opened, will find sources of inexhaustible interest in all that surrounds it. In the objects of nature, the achievements of art, the imaginations of poetry, the incidents of history, the ways of mankind past and present, and their prospects in the future.

Love from Your dad! And Mom!

May 18, 1970

My dear Shelly,

It is about 2 or 3 weeks since you left us and we are quite lonesome without you. Anyway you must be happy being back on the job in N.Y.C. After you left, Meyer spent a week visiting all of us relatives then left for home in Florida.

As you will recall Michael had a speeding ticket and was over at the Municipal Court house. He admitted to speeding about 6 miles over the legal limit. The Judge said he was a good honest boy to admit it and fined him $5.00 and $5.00 costs. Now he has his license back and he has learned his lesson.

Last Sunday I was visiting over at Uncle Larry’s house and we baked a first class Lokshen Kugel. It was quite an accomplishment …

Michael is still experimenting with his photography and last Saturday he took pictures at a Palatine, Illinois Basketball match in a high school there.

Chucky is playing the clarinet, as you know, and also is quite adept at the violin.

If you need any money please write us because no one can tell when the shoe pinches but the wearer. Michael will write you a letter separately.

Mother sends love.

And so does your Dad.

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

Copyright © 2008, Shelly Reuben

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