Monday, July 14, 2008

At The Helm Once Again

by looking4ancestors

The 52nd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, hosted by Lisa of 100 Years in America is about Age. Share your family story about someone whose story stands out because of their age, either young or old.

When I was going through some boxes of memorabilia that had belonged to my mother, I came across this letter. It was sent to my grandfather,
Joseph Brinley George in thanks for the woodcarving he had given the sender. I think it fits the bill for this Edition of the COG.

July 12, 1977

Dear Mr. George:

I cannot tell you how much Marilyn and I appreciate receiving the gift of your very fine woodcarving.

We have often admired your artistic work while visiting at Dave and Rita's home but had never been lucky enough to meet the artist until a couple of weeks ago.

It was a delightful experience, and one of the highlights of our sailing days to see how much you enjoyed being out in the boat with us and at the helm once again. We would be glad to have you come out anytime you are visiting in town.

[emphasis added] It is a treat to see a person who is 83 years of age as healthy and active as you are, not to mention one who is able to hold the boat so close into the wind that water flows over the leeward gunwale ! Marilyn and I thank you again for the experience and the lovely gift.

Yours very truly,
[signed] Bob Blair

Robert Blair