Benefit Number Eighty-Three of spending time with extended family: You learn something new every day.
On Saturday I got to browse through reams of old letters, recently collected and filed by my aunt. I learned a lot about my family–most of it classified, concerning things like family tiffs and first kisses.
I had no idea that the crippled grandfather I never met, who passed away when my father was sixteen, had a snail mail exchange with President Eisenhower. Mr. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in Denver in September of 1955, necessitating a seven-week hospital stay there, and my Grandpa Alvin sent him a gift in his recovery.
Eisenhower was of Pennsylvania Dutch descent himself. I wonder what he felt and thought as he listened.
Here is the whole letter. This makes me laugh and wonder.