Grandma Mertie, your family intrigued me so much, probably because they moved to Missouri in 1826 and I love Missouri. For a young lady who never felt like she belonged anywhere, she felt instantly safe and at home in Missouri. Even though I live on the Western part of the state and you were born and raised on the Eastern side of the state, I felt that bond strongly. I wish so that I could talk with you and your parents and grandparents about all the Stovall, Standiford and Board families. About the slaves your Grandpa Jefferson Board owned and why he came to Missouri from Virginia. I want to know how he is related to Thomas Jefferson, I think through marriage but I am not sure. I have so many questions and that isn't why I am writing this but I am curious and genuinely interested in the smallest details about you and Grandpa Willie's life.
I think I am very much like your daughter Mildred. I like to cook and sew and do needlework. I recently was given and old iron and I think it may have been yours! My youngest brother, he looks most like your dear grandson Dickie and I think Dickie looks like Mildred.
Life now is so different then when you were alive. I work outside the home and you wouldn't even recognize the lives we lead today. You talked in your letter about "Bachelor's Children". I did a little research and found it was a radio soap opera and it was on for 15 minutes each day. I wish I could hear one episode of your program but alas, I don't think there is one around anymore. Soap operas are on television which is like a movie box that every home has now a days. They are also in color, not black and white.
When my dear husband was done he called me and I went to pick him up. I am teaching him how do drive a manual transmission, all cars today are automatics, you don't have to shift the gears. Well he drove from church to Mom's down the back roads. He did quite well. Then we drove over to Brother 1's house so my husband to assist in carrying up a new stove into the house. I went back over to Mom's and sat and was entertained by my great great niece....
PS: The first picture of the pumpkins I took with a digital camera! Can you imagine color photographs without having to buy film? Yup, it is wonderful, isn't it!