This is the second-to-last letter I have from Marcy to her parents, and the last typewritten one.
In this letter, they seem completely set on moving to Seattle, but that never happened. By early 1970, we were living in El Cerrito, California, and we lived in various parts of the Bay Area all through my growing-up: Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Palo Alto. I had no idea until I read this letter that there had ever been a plan to move to Seattle. I don’t know what happened to that plan.
Wednesday (probably) [handwritten: (5/1/68)?] Peter just had a magnificent idea ! about how to travel: driving all that distance is kind of hard, and will be quite hard on the car, and expensive (that many days' food, diapers, laundry, etc,) so here is what we'd like better to do: We'll be going up to Seattle quite soon (we're trying to get money together to do it with some degree of ease) to get settled, find a place to live, get Peter enrolled, find jobs, etc. Then to wander around the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, Straits of Juan de Fuca (see map) by ferry and other such very cheap contrivances, and get to Vancouver, thence take Canadian Pacific R.R. to Montreal. About $60 one way per person, including meals, from Montreal to Phila by bus is about $15, possibly cheaper by train. Anyway, then we can (I assume) use your car for transportation while in Philadelphia, and get a drive-away (where you drive someone else's car) to go back, so that we can stop off in Yellow Springs and possibly elsewhere......it all sounds to us like a lovely way to travel----- What do you think? Would you be willing to sponsor such a venture? Twould probably cost about $100 less than traveling all the way in our car, maybe even a greater difference than that, as the train-etc will cost roughly $200 and with the car it would be that much just to get it into shape for traveling, then there's food and gas and carburetors and generators and all those things that give out when traveling. Besides, Jed says he'd rather take the train--it'd be cooler and both his parents could spoil him all the time (no less than constant attention will do) and they wouldn't get tired with 7 thousand miles of driving to do. As to timing:--when we'll come I can't be sure. Our leaving here depends on money, and it surely won't be before May 20, as Peter has a math class to teach at the 6-Day School in sonoma, for a week starting May 12, and Jed and I will want to go down there too. And we want to get settled in Seattle, at the very least to the extent of finding a place to leave our stuff. Trying to find a house any later in the summer will be impossible or worse. So I guess it'll be sometime between xxx the end of May and the middle of July, none of which is too terribly far away. I'm not teaching right now, though I may go back on a part-time basis. Before the baby came I had been more or less running the show, and now Bertha, the other teacher, has to take over and finds it impossible to do so with me there, and I find it very difficult to be in the same situation but unable to do things the way I've been doing them. So at her request I'm staying out to let her get things organized her way.....if I'd tried to continue doing it my way I would be neglecting Jed more than I like (though some women are away from home working 40 hours a week by the time their babies are 5 weeks old.....how xxxx sad, for the mother and the baby). But I'm still getting paid, whatever amount that is, and I'll probably be gong back as she can't teach reading. But I begin to like being free. All is very leisurely and luxurious [handwritten: & uxorious]. A friend of ours has come to stay for a week or so and do housework for me and enjoy Mendocino, leaving me free to nurse the baby umpty-trillion or so hours a day without thinking about dinner or cleaning. Recieved a very clever little card and a check from Eunie and Barry ($5) which amazed me all to pieces. Went on a long trip about Hutchinson street and living there and learning what the word "hideous" means and about Laney Forman (Barry's younger sister, who I used to play with, but I can't remember her face) and Elise and ....oh,shiver. Peter is making a mincemeat pie and didn't put any cloves in, xxxx which is fine. It's from the end of the venison we were given a long time since, which we preserved in a bit of brandy. Mincemeat is beautiful. Day (the friend who's staying here) says it's so good it's xx obscene. She just baked a batch of rolls and claims she's trying to not gain weight. The quoet for today is It's a great life if you don't waken.* end of letter, xxxx love from Peter and [handwritten: Marcia] [handwritten: regards to Sachs’s & Aunt ’Stelle & all] [handwritten: * it’s supposed to be “weaken”—never heard of it either way.]
Postmark: May 2, 1968, Mendocino, CA. Handwritten: “Rec’d this 5/4” and “Ans. this 5/8.”