Monday, February 8, 2021

Milliron Monday: A Happy Life 2 8 2021

Jody and Dr. Smith on the trail. Photo courtesy the Smith Family archives.

Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography
 (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I thought it would be appropriate to post a love letter Pete wrote to Jody on her birthday. The letter is included in Milliron, and I repost the letter with Jody's permission. From 1996, here's a love letter to Jody...

Dear Dear Jody,

How do I love thee? Let me count (some of) the ways! It's easy to love someone who loves you and it's mighty obvious that you do love me. Thanks for that! I do love you, too. Thanks for a wonderful sex life, comfortable homey home; good food (wonderful in fact) and a happy life. You basically raised our son and daughter with minimal help from a struggling young vet searching for success and unmindful that he already had it all!

We share a love of horses, dogs, farm, classical music, sheep, cats, "family" and each other. I really can't imagine how we could be more compatible. We have clung to and comforted each other through every kind of economic, physical, moral, mental and emotional crisis and great strength of fiber has been thereby derived. That we would travel this life together to our ends was and has and is never a serious question although it may have been darned uncomfortable at times.

We have tried on a daily basis to grow spiritually and both are happy in the Episcopal Church and I think it is wonderful we read the Bible and U-book [Urantia], Daily Word, etc., daily and pray together at home and Good Shepherd. Although not always on the same wavelength we always honor each other's views and opinions. Pretty amazing and unusual I think!

Although occasionally on both sides some have tried to break up this union it's obvious that it ain't gonna ever happen - it's toooo strong.

Happy Birthday and I look forward to sharing the rest of them with you.

Love, Pete  

Happy Valentine's Day in advance. 
Write a letter to the one you love.
Have a great week ahead.

Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

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