Monday, September 11, 2023

Milliron Monday: Letters Home Feb 21 1960


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. 

"How does Jessica Lynn sound for a little girl?"
― Jody Smith

Jody's letter home to Mansfield, Ohio. Backstory: At 21, Jody is pregnant, continues to ride Starboy, attends college, and keeps house. Anticipating the new baby, packages arrive weekly to the Smith household from Jody's parents.

917 Remington
Fort Collins, Colorado
Sunday, February 21, 1960

Dear Mom,
    I certainly hope you have a very happy birthday. Sorry we can't be there to celebrate but we'll sure be thinking of you.
    Thank you so much for the last package. The little suitcase will certainly be handy when it comes time to take our young'un visiting. Starboy is elated with the sugar. He hasn't had any since last spring. Pooh appreciates his mouse very much. He carts it all over the apartment and also takes it to bed with him. Thanks also for the Constant Comment tea. Its really a nice change from Liptons when we have company. I enjoyed the Jordan almonds tremendously. I don't think poor Pete got more than two out of the whole box. Thank you for the diapers, Swiss candy, toys, baby magazine, etc. 
    Hope I haven't forgotten to mention anything. Oh, yes, thanks also for the baby names book. Of course, if it's okay, we won't have any decisions to make. How does Jessica Lynn sound for a little girl? We'll probably change our minds a dozen times between now and July. I'll send that insurance policy back in my next letter.
    Did you ever find Mike's pedigree? 
    Starboy is losing some weight, so we bought him 50 lbs cracked corn which should have him fattened up pretty quick (along with his hay, molasses and oats, cattle cake, and the little grass that's left). He is in real good shape - he's all muscled up like a real athlete.
    I went to pay the doctor my regular visit and everything's fine except that I've gained too much weight - 7 pounds - so I'll have to cut out candy and such completely. 
    We've really been living it up. Last weekend we had wonderful steaks with all the trimmings at the best steak place in town and then to a show with Les and Hope, thanks to your Valentine money. This last Friday night Burr and Lou Betts were in town for an Arabian Horse Club meeting (he's president) and they took us to the smorgasbord at the Northern.
    Lots of "birthday love" along with the "regular love",
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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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