Monday, 26 April 1971
Up about 8:15—Carol Lewis arrived to leave Chris here for the day—she was substitute teaching. I shaved, had breakfast—left for St. Mary’s. Went to the Post Office first. Spent my morning reading in Gray’s The Canaanites. About 11:40 I went to our church. The W.S.C.S. was holding an all day meeting—making things for the Fair—I just dropped in to say hello. Chatted with Winnie re: organist. Then about 11:50 went to the Congregational church for the Public Affairs Luncheon—the speaker today was Josiah Spaulding (he ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate last year). He’s a very dynamic person; he spoke about Common Cause.  The luncheon was from 12:00 to 12:30, then the speech + discussion period 12:30–1:30. I was impressed by him—I hope he makes it to higher office someday. After the meeting was over, I chatted with Ed Nutting briefly until about 2:00, re: my discussion with Ernie Bailey yesterday. I went back to the Episcopal church, read further—but I got very sleepy. Came home and lay down for about 30 min. I tried to read after that, but didn’t get much done. After Carol picked up Chris, Bonnie went to the lumber yard, and Debbie was “on the loose” out of her room. Helped with supper, then read, 6:00–6:30. Watched CBS news, etc. Then read, played with Debbie, read, helped Bonnie put shelves in her closet in our bedroom. Prepared post cards to mail to Ad. Board re: May 5 meeting. Read, bathed, OBLO c. 12:15.
Tuesday, 27 April 1971
Up at 7:50 Shaved, had breakfast, made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Then read in Grays, The Canaanites. The league of women voters held a meeting—thus I had to use my earplugs to drown out the chatter—but when I finished Gray’s book about 11 o’clock I came on home. Bonnie + Debbie were away shopping. A record had been delivered by the mail man—guitar + mandolin music. Shortly after I got home, B + D arrived—I help get groceries out of the car, and helped with the preparation of lunch. During the noon hour, after eating I relaxed—played with Debbie on the swings. After Bonnie left for work (she gave her two weeks’ notice today) Debbie went down for a nap. I began Gurneys book on The Hittites, napped briefly. Don McGaw appeared at the door about 2:00—he was accompanied by the young man (layman) who does work with youth at Christ Church Lynn. His main purpose in dropping in to see me was to give me (rather Bonnie + the new baby) a painting (?—medium unknown) entitled “Circus Time”—appropriate for a child’s room. It had won first prize at their Arts Festival—and he wanted us to have it. He didn’t stay more than 15 min. Then I went back to reading in Gurney—for the balance of the afternoon. Fixed supper—we ate shortly after Bonnie got home. Went to the church to turn off the heat. Watched CBS news etc.—interrupted by phone call from Homer. I spent the evening—except for a doze—reading The Hittites. Found the moon fish dead—I’d been suspicious of his behavior for days. No bath OBLO midnight.
Wednesday, 28 April 1971
Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast, made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Read all morning, except for a conversation with Dick Bamforth and Ed Nutting. I left for home about noon. Debbie had played hard all morning, so when I walked in the door I found Bonnie trying to get her off to bed for a nap (she’d had lunch). I took her to her room, got her calmed down (she didn’t like the word “nap”) and she went right to sleep. Bonnie and I had lunch. I then relaxed with Newsweek, then turned again to The Hittites—before napping for a while. About 2:45 Debbie awoke—and played the rest of the afternoon. And I continued with my reading—finished Hittites—at which time I began working on supper. We ate shortly after Bonnie got home. After eating I went to the church to turn off the heat, then came home, began looking over Saggs The Greatness That Was Babylon, watched CBS news, etc—then we played with Debbie for a while before she went to bed. Then I returned to reading in Saggs. A very good book—its not on my list, but on the revised list, which Beck gave me “for my information.” But I’ve decided it would be wise to read as much on the second list as possible. I will read only the first 153 pp. in Saggs, which deal specifically with the histories. About 9:30 I see Saggs aside, had a snack and coffee, and turned to working on the sermon for Sunday. Am preaching for the next 3 Sundays on the Lord’s prayer. Stopped to bathe about 11:15. OBLO 11:45 Θ
David’s diary, 28 April 1971
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