Monday, July 24, 2023

Milliron Monday: Letters Home Dec 13 1959


Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.:  June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010
Virginia Joyann "Jody" Haley Smith: April 2, 1938 - May 9, 2021
Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Milliron Farm and Clinic, Dr. Pete and Jody Smith. 

"As you may have suspected from your phone call, we are going to have a baby."
― Jody Smith

Jody's letter home to Mansfield, Ohio. Backstory: Pete and Jody are attending Colorado State University - still receiving wedding gifts, Gary and Aggie are Jody's brother and sister-in-law, Jessie is Jody's grandmother. 

917 Remington
Fort Collins, Colorado
Sunday, December 13, 1959

Dear Mom and Dad,
    Finals are over at long last. This vacation laziness is really terrific after all that studying. Hope my grades come out about same as usual - won't know until registration day for sure.
    As you may have suspected from your phone call, we are going to have a baby. This certainly surprised us after all the precautions we've been taking but at least I'll be able to graduate without much trouble since the baby isn't due until the middle of July. I went to the doctor last Friday for a check up to find out for sure. The doctor seems very pleasant and quite competent so we're lucky in that. She (Dr. Ruth Rumley) and her husband have their offices together. This baby is surely upsetting our plans but it's what we were risking by getting married, so I guess we can't complain. I'd certainly rather have a baby even at this inconvenient time rather than never be able to have one at all so I guess that's another thing to be grateful for. Evidently this is the way God wants it since we'd surely done all we could as a precaution.
    We're going down to McArthur's for a few days - leaving tomorrow morning, hope to be back here by Thursday.
    Burr Betts and his family have invited us to come to Denver to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with them.
    We got a very nice card from the Reagles, inviting us to come see them so we're planning on stopping to see them some time this vacation.
    Can't remember if I mentioned that Liz Schaefer sent us a cheese cutter, an icebox set, and pillowcases which match the pink and white striped sheets some of the Smith's friends sent us and also matches the pink side of the electric blanket cover. Please fill in her street number and mail the card; thanks.
    You're welcome to tell Jessie about our expected family addition. I'd like her to know (as well as Gary and Aggie, of course) if it won't upset her too much. We're certainly looking forward to receiving the ham and Christmas breakfast from Jones' Dairy Farm. That's awfully sweet of her to send them.
    Sorry we couldn't be coming home to be with you all this Christmas, but we're really going to have to start saving the pennies for the little one.
    Pete sold his cows last Wednesday and even made a bit of money on them plus all of his valuable experience operating on their cancer eyes.
    Will try to write again as soon as we get back from McArthur's.
Love to all of you,

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