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Wednesday, November 10, 1993

Dear Mother and Daddy,

It is another cool, grey day with a promise of sun – typical late fall in Dallas.

Thank you so much for the 12 days of Christmas glasses. They are so pretty and will help us remember the lyrics. After 8 Maids ‘a Milking, I always get confused. We’ll probably use them after Nutcracker. Life is centered on that event for the next 3+ weeks. We do appreciate the dishes and glasses – a lovely, festive sign.

David was so cute the other day when we were on our way to the bike shop – his Christmas gift from me. He said that they were discussing parenting in school, and he said that spanking and yelling were very damaging to children. I said, “Well, I guess you’re damaged, David.” He said, “No, you’ve got to do it a lot.” Well, I said that it sometimes felt like I yelled a lot, but well, what should parents do? He said, “They say you should lecture your kids ‘til it wears them down.” I laughed and said that I got tired of lecturing sometimes – what could I do about that? David puzzled. I asked him if I could number my lectures and just call out the appropriate number. “Nope, it’s got to be a full-blown lecture.” I asked, “How ‘bout taping the lecture?” “No,” David said, “that wouldn’t work – unless you lip-synched.” I died laughing!

Hope you all are doing well. Got to get back to my job! Take care!

Love, Carole

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Dear Mother,

Last week, David came to visit us at Vanaprastha. We saw David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton and visited a few of the local attractions in Nelson County: Wintergreen, breweries, wineries and restaurants. Mostly, we soaked up the beautiful landscape, looked at the stars and talked. I told him the story about getting his bike when he was 10. He laughed saying, “Yeah, I always did like to beat a dead horse.” “Well, maybe so,” I said, “but I wouldn’t trade my time with you for anything.”

We used the 12 days of Christmas glasses and dishes and thought of you. Here is a picture of Heathcliff and David. He’s in Dubai and headed to Mumbai, India. How times change!

Merry Christmas, Mother!

Love you much, Carole

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