47 Glencairn Ave.
Thursday [30 Dec. 1954]

Dearest Cayke:

Your card just came – the fastest mail delivery yet.

I am alone today as your mother is over with Ina. She stayed with her last night as Ina is somewhat distraught over the passing of Nan so suddenly. Mother will be back this afternoon as soon as a housekeeper comes.

Christmas is over and in two days New Year will be on us. We are putting on a dinner for Cal Saturday, and Poss and Peggy are coming, Cal leaving for Ottawa the following day. He is much better in back and leg, though better and worse oscillate – something he has learned to expect now. Still it is much improved as against the condition two months ago.

Our Christmas presents consisted largely of chocolates, cakes, socks and cigars – the latter being enough to last me and Winnie's father for months to come. Oh, I forgot the cards, about 200 of them not yet opened.

So they are allowing you a draught of beer. Good! Is it Budweiser, the beer that made Milwaukee famous or Pilsener? Marko said that beer possesses rich vitamins and [is] all right except behind a wheel. Fine in bed. So there you are.

Tonight we go to the Barfoots' for supper and on Friday we go to Pash's for dinner – Cal, Mother, Father, Poss, Peggy and others. We are being well fed. I am buying a Porterhouse roast at Henley's tomorrow. Cal phoned up to say it must not be fried – miserable memories of smoke and huskiness, etc. We live and learn.

I think I told you that all turned up at the Hincks dinner and every resolution concerning the 1955 budget was passed unanimously. You know the kind – Senator Pratt moved or Bertie Proctor, seconded by Bill Zimmerman or Leo Macaulay, the chairman (humble me) not calling for votes, but pronouncing 'approved unanimously.' I spent an hour yesterday at Hincks' office signing papers authorizing the making out of cheques. By the way it was passed unanimously that the Bank of Commerce be the bank for deposits. What else could we do, seeing that Cal was a director. As my financial experience was so limited, I contented myself with sitting in the chair and telling the odd story that had no relevance to the business in hand.

I am told that I am to get $100 a month for pronouncing grace at dinner and telling yarns. So if you have any more stories such as that on neurotics & psychotics, etc., pass them along, and I will credit you as the source.

Ever lovingly,

See the letter to Viola Pratt, 19 December 1954.

See the note to the 'Barfits' in the letter to Claire Pratt, 15 March 1954.

memories of smoke
See the letter to Claire Pratt, 24 December 1954.

Hincks dinner
A dinner meeting of the Toronto Branch of the Mental Health Association of Canada.