Postmark Jefferson City, MO January 30, 5:30 PM
I was surely surprised yesterday when you called me. It was sure thoughtful of you. I was quite thrilled. If we broke the line I can’t imagine how we did it -can you?
We had a long teachers meeting this afternoon at the college. All the teachers are in town. Our superintendent really was angry because some teachers have been late so often and others leave too soon after school I usually get to school on time but often leave before I should. We are supposed to stay ten minutes after school is out.
Dad is taking Mother and me out to dinner at the Hotel tonight. I’ll have to make this short-so I can get dressed up. Some men are giving it.
Jim I haven’t heard from Henry since you left. I guess he is alright.
I have a surprise for you in a few weeks. I decided the other day. You can guess all you please-but I won’t tell. I’ll just surprise you some time.
I hope everything is alright at school. You will come out with your usual good grades in the end. One always feels that the first week is awful hard. I will be proud of you when you finish even if you haven’t made the highest grades. They don’t always count the most.
It has been trying to snow here all day. I hope it doesn’t. I am so tired of bad weather.
Your letter written Tuesday came today. It was mailed at 10 AM the 29th. If you mail a letter at night at the post office I get it about 10 the next morning-mail your letters at the co-op-they collect more often there, I think.
A surprise. How fun! With all the cold and snowy weather, could it be a stocking hat or warm gloves or a wool scarf? Maybe a sled? More candy, or perhaps cookies? I wonder what it could be? I wonder how long Jim will have to wonder what it could be?
I’m a sucker for a good surprise. As it turns out, I happened to be married to the world’s all time best surprise giver. Ever. Sure, I have been the recipient of flowers for no special reason, funny doodads and shiny trinkets. But, my husband is at a totally higher level when it comes to creating surprises. Think stratosphere. Once I learned our travel destination at 35,000 feet. I immediately regretted packing the sweatshirt and hiking boots for a trip to the Virgin Islands. He has also been known to mastermind events with family and friends all across the country. He employs many accomplices. One memorable Valentine’s Day he surprised me with a catered dinner and a harpist…in our very own dining room! On the other hand, I am not very good at giving surprises. For one, you must admit that the bar is set pretty high. Yet, it also happens that I am married to a champion surprise finder outer. He utilizes his sleuthing super powers to read my body language and the tone of my voice to determine if I might be up to something. He engages me in conversation that inevitably leads me to make a slip of the tongue. He has also been known to coerce others to gain information. As I said, he has many accomplices. It doesn’t help that I get so excited about the surprise and the element of surprise that I can’t wait for the perfect moment to catch him off guard, which is never since he is always on guard so this makes it next to impossible. You see my problem?
I guess the thing that makes a good surprise is that it comes unexpected, for no reason other than wanting to give the other person joy. A moment of pure grace. Like I said, I’m a sucker for a good surprise.
What’s a memorable surprise you’ve received or given?