Story of the day ~ Family Letter

My dad is from West Virginia and he passed along this letter which came from an ancestor. I reproduce it here to prove that our family has been literate for several generations.

Dear John,

I’m writin’ this slow ’cause I know you can’t read fast.

We don’t live where we did when you left. Your Pa read where most accidents happen within 20 miles of home so we moved 30 miles away. I can’t send you the address because the last family that lived here took the numbers with them to their next house so they wouldn’t have to change their address.

This new place has one of them new-fangled built-in washer machines but there’s something wrong with it because the first day I put your Pa’s shirts in it and pulled the chain, they disappeared and we ain’t seen them since.

Your Aunt Sue said that coat you wanted me to send to you would be too heavy with them big buttons so I cut ‘em off and put ‘em in the pocket.

Your sister had a baby this morning but I haven’t found out if its a girl or boy so I don’t know if you’re an aunt or an uncle.

Three of your friends went off the bridge in a pick-up truck t’other day. One was driving and he rolled the window down and got out ok but the other two drowned ’cause they were in the back and couldn’t get the tailgate down.

That’s about all. Not much happening.

Love, Ma.


  1. Cindy L. says:

    BAAHHHAAAAAHHAAA!! That was so cute!!

  2. Dana F says:

    That was great!!

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