"Tonight Ben and I had a chess game. After he defeated me we dropped over to see old Mr. Van Wie, who is in bed with flu. He had much sage advice to offer--speaking from the weight of 80 years experience. If I had it all to do over again, I'd take life easier, he mused. Then he adviced Ben and I to start doing nothing for a while. 'The years fly by after you get to be 21'. 'Life is very short.' The things which he said weren't startling. But his convincing way of saying them made his observations impressive."
--Letter from my father, Protection, Kans., to my mother, Winfield, Kans., Wednesday evening, January 7, 1948.