David’s Diary – October 14, 1968

Monday, October 14, 1968

Up about 9:30. Small breakfast; read in Skinner—a slow, unrushed morning. I babysat with Debby while Bonnie did the shopping. Debby was fretful, crying. I put her in the crib. After Bonnie got home, we ate, around 1 pm. I studied some more, at 2:45 we left for Beverly; we went to the VW place to see about getting a VW in Europe. We think we’ll get the [Squadback?]. At 4:40 Bonnie left me off at the Ornes. I had a long chat (til 6) with them, about what effect the Concerned Citizens meeting had on the congregation, whether I would be asked to leave this spring. They thought not. I told them about our planned trip. They didn’t think there would be opposition to us taking 6 weeks. Home by 6:15—watched CBS news; Nixon seems to be losing some ground, but still appears the winner. Relaxed + looked at VW material; 7:45 Bonnie left for choir practice. Studied Greek during the evening. Debby was very good; drifted off to sleep while watching mobile. Bonnie home by 10:20; off to read in bed at 11:50.

Tuesday, October 15, 1968

Up at 8 o’clock. Big breakfast, studied Greek briefly, shaved; we left for Boston around 9:50. Arrived about 10:55 at B.U. I went to Greek class, Bonnie inquired about group-flight deals at the Union. I met her at noon at the School of Theology. We had lunch with Bob Peek and told him of our plans. We are to visit them next week to see their slides. About 1 o’clock we headed down to Cokesbury to get travel books, to Mass Bible Society for Jeremiah in Hebrew; Bonnie showed Debby to the folks in the Lab. We headed home, stopped at […?…] Baby, to look at playpens. Home in Rockport by 4:30. Relaxed, napped shortly. Homer Orne came over to check the water in the radiators. Wrote Home about the trip plans. Supper. Desk work; read further in Skinner’s book on Jeremiah. I don’t have my heart in studying. Bonnie frequently read me quotes from the travel books. 11 o’clock, off to take bath. 11:35, off to read in bed. I’m trying to get Bonnie to study German.

Wednesday, October 16, 1968

Up about 9; I began reading Skinner immediately, Bonnie fixed breakfast. Read until mail man came. Looked through Newsweek, letter from home, our ballots for Nov. 5 election. Resumed reading Skinner until lunch, about 1 o’clock. Then I began working in Bright’s Jeremiah for the Bible Study. Twice in the afternoon I took brief naps; around four I returned to Skinner—read in that til supper time, a little after six. Wrote one letter in the afternoon—asked I.F. Stone to send some recent issues of the Weekly to Helen Correll. After supper + CBS news, straightened up living room for Bible Study. Changed clothes, read in Skinner, finished it by the time they all arrived. Did chpts 8,9,10,11. 8 people in attendance. Back to studying, worked on translating Chp. 7:1-1 in Jeremiah—shortly after 11 took my bath; studied Greek (John 21 + 9) until about 12. Off to bed.

Thursday, October 17, 1968

Up about 8:15; breakfast; took 9:20 train to Boston. Greek class 11:15 – 12:10—had lunch with Bob Peek + Hobart Farrell. Bob related more about their experiences in Europe. We arranged to spend Fri. evening + Sat. together next weekend. 1- 2 spent preparing for Directed Study in Jeremiah. Dr. Richardson was late. We didn’t get started until 2:30. Saw Charlie Whitford briefly at 2 and 3:10 – 3:15. Caught 4:10 train home. Very tired. Relaxed with newspaper after I got home –Bonnie fixing supper. Supper + CBS news. During the evening I didn’t get too much accomplished. Tried to get a good sermon idea. Wrote letters to Dr. Beck in England. Wrote also to Paul + Marty asking their advice on Indiana political races. Spoke for a while with Jim + Becky Bussey on the phone. Skipped going to German class tonight I was not prepare – and needed to rest. Bathed around 11 o’clock. Off to read in bed at 11:40 – while Bonnie fed Debby.

Friday, October 18, 1968

Up around 9:30. Had a big breakfast. Up to do desk work. Wrote letter to David Watson. Shaved. Went to the Post Office with letters to Watson + Beck. Changed wayside pulpit. Home by noon. Watched news. Had lunch. Worked outdoors. Temperature in the 70’s—a beautiful day. Put up the three birdhouses—cleaned one out. Painted them again. Painted red trim on parts of the garage. Roy Lee called from Beverly—he had taken the VW in for repairs—about $80 worth of repairs needed. We told him to go ahead. About 3:30 returned to my desk. Straightened up. Relaxed when evening paper arrived. Worked on sermon. After 5:30 Roy Lee arrived with VW—bill came to 71.10. Shortly after 6 the Burtons arrived;[1] we had supper together. Watched the hour long Nixon telecast 7:30 – 8:30. Played cards; about 9:30 Bonnie had to feed Debby. Larry + I talked. Played cards. Walked down to Bearskin Neck. Back home, off to bed at 12:45.

Saturday, October 19, 1968

Very tired last night—said goodbye to the Burtons then. Bonnie was up to feed Debby, so she saw them off this AM. I found myself still in bed at 10:30. Got up. Made a cup of coffee, chatted with Barbara Lord as she hung up her laundry. She was impressed with Nixon last night on TV. Mail came: I.F.Stone—which I read. Shaved. Had lunch. Desk work, typed up the bulletin for tomorrow. Took Xmas card catalogue back to Grace Harris + placed our order; she gave me a Xmas stocking for Debby—a very cute piece of hand knitting. Went on up to see Rip Hannibal; not home. Came back home, worked on sermon some more. Tried at one point to nap—really kind of washed out today—didn’t accomplish any studying really. ISN during nap. Bonnie asleep. I got up and worked more on the sermon. Watched news on TV from 6:00 – 7:00. Bonnie up; I got supper—leisurely supper, watched TV until 8:30. Finished sermon; worked on the service. Caught the 11:00 news. Bathed; off to read in bed at 12:20.

Sunday, October 20, 1968

Up at 9:50—breakfast, shaved; off to church—a dismal rainy day, but still there were 37 in attendance. Preached on the 1st 3 beatitudes (Matt.) Unfortunate incident: Mrs. Marr told me point-blank that I added nothing to the choir; others came to my defense; I said nothing in reply. Home by 12:30. Lunch. Had to be at Wesley Church at 2:00 to have my picture taken for the program-bulletin for the C.A.M.P. Fall Dinner. We visited with Busseys + told them of our European trip. I went to see Mrs. Gazella Dodd in the hospital 3:00 – 3:30. By four we were back in Rockport. Had tea with Gamages from 4:00 – 5:30—plan to practice singing Tuesday evening. Syd might join the choir. 6:00 – 7:00 took a nap—tired from being on the go since getting up. 7:00 – 9:00, read in Whitley’s book on Paul for D.S.; 9 –10, had supper! We ate so late, because we had very filling pastry at Gamages. Til 11 studied German with Bonnie; 11 – 11:30, watched news; 11:30 – 12:00 HHH on TV; 12 – 1, wrote “Church for Tomorrow”; bathed; off to bed at 1:45.


[1] Whom I had met at IU—a knockout good looker, but very arrogant guy.

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