Final letter from Keams Canyon.
thursday [pencil: 3/11/65] Hello Discovered x why I haven't been able to face the thought of writing letters...I'm bloody sick of that horrible yellow paper I've been using. also, the y on this damn typewriter sticks. Daddy, did you ever get the postcard I sent to you in the hospital? Hope you are at least able to drive by now and can widen your leisure a bit and that all's progressing satisfactorily and so forth. glad to hear that Aunt Sara and Uncle Dave are finding something to do that will keep him busy...but what's she going to do without ORT and all of her friends? and whatever is 'Stelle going to do? Hinting around to stay with you, I suppose. Don't weaken! LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS LARGE BULKY PACKAGE ARRIVES ! Rachel, the gal from Goddard, is doing quite well. She's entertaining me at the moment by practicing her guitar, for which thank god in this music-less, fm-radio-less place. She's working exclusively with the boys, and having a much better deal than I got, with less dirty work and less frustration. Though things are going better for me, too, since I realized that if there's something (activity with the children, etc) that I want to do, I should do it first and ask permission later..... tonight, we (Rachel and I) baked peanut butter cookies, with Wesson oil instead of butter, as we're out of butter and won't get to town till saturday. She's from Mt. Holly (NJ) and we know several people and many places in common, so have lots to talk about.....we're thinking of taking a train trip to the Grand Canyon next weekend, unless our pal Mrs. Schmidt x comes through on her offer to drive us there. I will probably leave here on Friday afternoon Mar. 26, as we have a ride to Phoenix or Tucson, and take a train from there. For some reason, it seems that I can make better connections from Tucson than from here (Winslow) and that way I can introduce Rachel to my friends in Tucson, so that if no one comes from Antioch to replace me (which is highly likely at the moment) she'll have some place to escape to when Keams Canyon gets unbearable, as it does about every 2 weeks. And I stand a chance of getting a ride to school, if Rhodes comes home for div change. Have to be back there by March 30, which is registration day, so will probably get to Phila the 2nd weekend in April Imagine me teaching kids to jump rope (double dutch, to be exact; the thing with two ropes turning at once) and do acrobatics...! yup. me. and doing exercises every day, too. how about that? not losing any weight, or even redistributing it significantly, but still trying to get into a little better shape. all this is inspired by gettin the semi-cheerleaders into shape for a performance in Phoenix next month. Doing lots of exciting art work, too, with the little girls (60 at once) and learning how to do string figures (cats cradles) and a little bit of magic.... It snowed today for the first time since the beginning of february... a messy, muddy, warm, rainy snow...reminded me of the good ol' late-March winters in the Delaware valley, and that y'all must still be digging out. We've actually been listening to the news lately, for the first time all quarter, thinking about all the guys I xxx know who are going to be sent to viet nam if this mess goes on, and more that are going to be drafted...shiver. and the girls here are actually interested in what's going on in Alabama, for which I am delighted. so we try to keep them a little x better informed than the newspapers, as we get good radio reception of Monitor (NBC network) from Los Angeles and some other places. have to get up early tomorrow, so I think I'd better get to sleep. Tomorrow I have the enviable job of cataloguing about a hundred books in the dorm library. gaaak. this weekend we are going to see some more dances, and I intend to get my co-op paper written, and it's going to snow blue x.... take care, see you soon, regards to relatives and such [handwritten: Love, Marcia] [handwritten: how is Taffy?]
Postmark: Mar 12, 1965, Keams Canyon, Ariz. Handwritten: “Rec’d this Mon 3/15” and “Ans this 3/16.”
This is the last mention of their dog Taffy.