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He Ran Out of Gas

It’s Monday and I’m reflecting on all the wonderful weekend moments.  How is it that Friday-Saturday-Sunday passes so quickly and Monday seems to drag on so slowly?  It’s the beginning of the week and I already feel out of gas.

 

Jim writes to Mary shortly after he returns to Columbia from visiting her in Jefferson City.    Sweet moments recollected in his correspondence filled with sweet nothings.  Oh, and it sounds like he ran out of gas…literally.  At least they were well chaperoned!

 

Postmark Columbia, MO

April 28, 1930  5 PM

 

Monday

 

Dear Mary-

 

I got here about forty five minutes ago so I’m afraid there won’t be much of interest to tell you this time.  Maybe tomorrow there will be.  I hope so.

 

I surely enjoyed the weekend with you darling.  That slipped.  Really though it seems that every time I am with you I enjoy it more than I did the time before.  “Funny dear what love can do.”  Now isn’t it? —

 

I hope your Aunts didn’t think I had gone crazy or something similar yesterday.  Really though, I don’t know how they felt, but I enjoyed the bridge game immensely.  Next time, I’ll try to act so that the rest can enjoy it.  Do you suppose I could do that?  I hope that you aren’t too tired by night.  Take care of yourself this week and don’t go until you can’t go any more.  That is no nice way to act is it.

 

I hope that your father didn’t get too disgusted last night that he won’t go anyplace else with us.  Really Mary-I would hate that.  Tell him that it probably won’t happen again in ten years.  I’ll see to it next time that we have plenty of gas.  You can bet on that.  I don’t care, but I know how he felt.
I didn’t get a letter from home this morning.  I think they have forgotten they have a son.  I guess I’ll have to write home and ask for money.  Then they will know they have one.  I’m going to call them tonight and see what the trouble it.

 

Mary you do just what you think you would rather and what you feel that you should about leaving your mother on Mother’s Day.  I won’t blame you a bit if you want to stay there.  Do as you think best honey.  That’s the way I want you to do.

 

I must stop and do a bit of studying before lunch.

 

Love, 

 

Jim

 

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Say What?

 

Postmark Jefferson City, MO

 

April 21, 1930 8:30 PM

 

Monday

 

Dear Jim:
Well-I haven’t very much to say.  I am really not as angry as I might seem, however I felt better after you came by last night.  I was surprised though that you did.

 

I worked hard today and am tired tonight.  I tried to get my art ready and did but it’s a big job.

 

I had a letter from Helen she said Lillian Rogles told her that Henry said he want to be Helen’s next flame.  Now I am sure he didn’t say that, just what he said I can’t say.  Helen said she was sure Lillian got her wires crossed.  Anyway Helen wants to come up this coming weekend, but on account of some parties and all, I am writing to her to come later. She really wants to come the 9th but I think that’s when we can go to Clinton.  I believe from now until school is out I’ll be busy.

 

Jim-the flowers are still pretty.  They were so sweet Sunday morning.  I will forgive you for most anything when you are so thoughtful as to send flowers to me on Easter.  I think you’re real sweet.  

 

Write soon–and when will you be over Saturday afternoon or when?
Love,

 

Mary

 

 

 

Postmark Columbia, MO

 

April 24, 1930 5 PM

 

Thursday

 

Dear Mary-

 

I just finished reading your letter.  I am sure Helen would understand if she wants to come that weekend.  As for going down home is concerned, we can make the trip anytime, or leave it out if you are too busy.  I’ll tell mother not to plan any party for you for about a week and a half yet.  By then we should know for sure.  Then if something happens that you can’t leave she can call it off alright.  Don’t worry yourself about that.

 

I wrote an eight hundred word paper last night.  I wrote it, corrected it and copied it over by midnight.  I didn’t get started until eight thirty.  I hope the thing is satisfactory.  I have to read it at the banquet tomorrow night before all of the Tau Beta Pis and all of the faculty of the Engineering School.  I’ll be glad when that is over.  I have an examination in Heat Machinery at one o’clock and an exam for Tau Beta Pi at four o’clock.  I don’t know how I’ll come out in either one of them, but I don’t really care.

 

Tomorrow classes are dismissed for the funeral of the former President of the University, whatever his name is.  That means I don’t have any classes at all tomorrow.  I think I will put the whole day in on my Graphic Statics.  Maybe I can get caught up on some of it.  I have a Heat report to write tonight and an electrical report to write up before Monday, so  you see, I really have plenty to keep me busy for some time.  I’ll be over there Saturday about 5:45 P.M.  

 

Really Mary I am just about out of something to say, so I guess I’ll have to quit for this time.  You’ll forgive me once more want you?  Please~~~~~~~~~~

 

Love,

 

Jim

 

Henry called me from downtown last night.  He had a date and two couples over here.  He didn’t come out here though.

 

 

Two people without much to say, but their letters say a lot.  Parties and plans and projects and papers.  And tittle-tattle about Henry’s romantic life.  Just exactly what his romantic life is…who can say?

 

 

 

The correspondence leaves out a lot information.  I guess we’re better off not knowing the particulars of what had Mary annoyed with Jim.  Kiss and make up.  The flowers were a nice touch.

 

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The Art of Flirting Through the Mail

Like a sculptor molding clay or an artist painting a landscape or a musician composing a melody, flirting is an art.  It is creative expression.  It also requires skill and practice.  People flirt for a variety of reasons.  Some people cannot stop flirting.  I’ve met some who should really try.  But mostly, flirting is playful, romantic; gestures and comments to demonstrate interest in the other person.

I was thinking about Mary and Jim and how they flirted through the mail.  How do you send a wink in an envelope?  Or a suggestive smile or a giggle?  Mary sent Jim candy.  Flirting…yes or no?  He calls her “honey.”  Definitely flirting.  Don’t you think?  He flatters  her.  Shamelessly flatters her.  She’s just the sweetest thing he can think of.  Awww!

The next piece of correspondence I find is from Mary.  It is a letter tucked into a purple envelope lined with tissue patterned with gold fans.  The postmark is January 29, 1930, 6:00 PM.

See if you can detect any flirting.

Wednesday, January 29, 1930

Dear Jim:

Well, now I am afraid you have found a girl and quit me.  Please don’t.  I’m afraid I would go jump off the bridge.

I taught school today but I was so sleepy I almost died.  I had to go to the dentist also.  Monday I’ll have them cleaned and then I’ll be through for about six or eight months.

Mother was at a party today and I went for her.  I got stuck on a hill and I thought I would sure be there all night.  I finally had to put the chains down and drive over them.  

Say sometime when Ed Brown gets well and you think about it-ask him for Helen Gilmore’s address.  I would like to drive write her.  I hope your foot is alright-if it isn’t be sure and take care of it because you might have what Ed has-please don’t.

Jim this is going to be rather short but Nixon will mail it and save the walking up the hill tonight.

Write soon.  I hope every thing goes alright in school.

Love, 

Mary

Text messaging is the flirtation tool of this century.  I found seven rules for flirting in a text.  #1  Make smiley faces or frowny faces to communicate your mood.  #2  Use nicknames or pet names whenever possible like “sweetie,”  “darling,”  or “honey.”  #3 Wait for the other person to respond before you send another message.  #4  Asks how he or she feels or what they’re doing.  #5  Act cute and flirty as if the person was with you.  #6  Grab their attention right off the bat.  #7  Be the first one to end the conversation by telling them you need to do something or go somewhere.  Keep them wondering what else you having going on.

Notice any similarities?  No smiley faces or frowny faces, but there is some unquestionable flirting going on.

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