Grandpa died, Grandma gave the cousins $10,000; I used mine to buy a
California Rambler 2 miles away. By this time I was teaching children's church,
working with Pioneer Girls, and attending Bible study under Marilyn
Reid who--despite the fundamentalist teachings of our
church--remained thoughtful and thought provoking. She tempered the wind
with intelligence, clarity, logic, and Christian spirit. I was very aware
that she kept me from losing what little edge I had on happiness.
I kept smiling. But not very well.