I have a rare treasure. Something, I bet, none of you reading this has. I have a personal letter from every one of my fellow students in 4th grade; 32 letters in all. We were actually a divided class; half 4th grade and half 6th grade. The tiny little nun, Sister Nicoletta, would run back and forth across the room trying to keep each class working on their own studies. In my opinion, it was an absolute disaster.
What prompted the combined letter writing extravaganza was my after-school playground accident. It happened in May of 1952. I was in 4th grade and just one day from getting the gold band removed from my Bucky Beaver front teeth. A bat flew out of a kid’s hands and knocked both of my teeth out. One was actually knocked up into my sinus cavity and required 4 hours of dental surgery. I had to spend some time at home with my swollen face.
The kindly nun thought the whole class should write me a get-well letter. My mom saved them in one of many family scrapbooks and I dug them out recently. What a hoot! I only chose a few that wrote one page. Most of the letters were two pages. One had two pages of jokes. ( all “moron” jokes)
Before I share a few letters with you, I want to set the stage in the classroom during this get-well writing period. While the kids were writing, the nun was passing out test results and returning drawings the class had made. Also I never received a letter from my friend, Steve, because 10 minutes into the letter writing, Steve hurled. This will become evident in the letters. Also, being a Catholic school, you will see lots of prayers being offered up for yours truly. I thank all my classmates for that. Some other Catholic clues; the word “serving,” refers to being an altar boy and serving at mass. You will notice that even though there is the normal amount of 4th grade miss-spelling, all of us learned our penmanship well, back in 1952. Another clue about the letters. Each one gets better and funnier. Enjoy!