Wednesday, 14 April 1971
[called General Theo Library, Boston]
Up about 7:20. We had to be ready to take Chris Lewis—Carol got a call to substitute teach today, so since we are on her list of prospective sitters, she called us—this was arranged yesterday. After I had shaved and had breakfast, they arrived. Carol was running late, so she left hurriedly. I naturally was able to make it to morning prayer at St. Mary’s since I was up so early. But the preparations for the rummage sale were still in full swing, so I went to the congregational church. Studied in one of the Sunday School rooms. About 10:30 I went to St. Mary’s for coffee—got involved in looking at the book table—bought several books. Went back to the congregational church—read for a while, then came home about noon. Bonnie was finding it taxing to care for two kids, especially since Debbie wasn’t in a very cooperative mood. She has been displaying jealousy toward Chris—very possessive of some toys. After eating I read a while, but was pretty pooped, so lay down for a short time, then got back to reading. Carol got here shortly before 3:00—she’d had a bad day, no discipline in the class—we went over to Gloucester to get surplus food. Bonnie stayed with the kids. After getting home we relaxed, I read while B + C chatted. Fixed supper about 5:00; made trip to church to turn off the heat (which I’d put on at noon) watched CBS news, etc.—Men at Law—a great drama tonight slamming the Vietnam war. Read the rest of the evening—bathed about 10:30 OBLO c. 11:15 Θ
Thursday, 15 April 1971
[Top panel: called Burtons]
Up about 7:45. Shaved, had breakfast. Made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer—then went to the Congregational church to study. About 10:35 I went to St. Mary’s for coffee break, but returned to study about 11:00. Read until coming home about 12:15. Had lunch, relaxed, but read too. About 2 o’clock Carol Lewis arrived—she and Bonnie went to St. Mary’s to look at rummage sale goods. Debbie went down for a nap before she left, so I had was able to work. After finishing C. R. North’s book, OT Interpretation of History, I turned to writing my sermon. Bonnie and Carol got back by about 3:15. At which time I went back to the congregational church—continued to work on my sermon—by the time I headed home about 5:30 I had it about 75% done. I stopped on the way home to turn off the heat at the church—which I’d put on at noon. Ate supper as soon as I got home. Relaxed after supper, watched CBS news. What a remarkable break in Chinese-American relations has come with the ping pong match!  I just hope that Nixon will have the sense to respond in full—make every effort possible to open up relations. Between 7:30–8:30 I worked further on the sermon. Helped put Debbie to bed—playing the role of the “cookie monster”—she hides in the closet, then gets on my back—and I dump her in her bed. 8:30–9:30 watched Ironside. 9:30–10:00 worked on sermon—finished rough draft. 10:00–12:00 watched Academy Awards while doing other things—mimeographing parish letter service. Also called Burtons—who were supposed to come tomorrow. They’re coming out next weekend. Watched news after Academy awards. OBLO c. 1:00 AM.
Friday, 16 April 1971
[Top panel: took several pictures of Debbie—inside the front door; called Moody; called Bob + Lea]
Up shortly before 8:30. Didn’t bother to shave, since I was somewhat behind schedule. Had breakfast, then went to the Congregational church to study. Got there about 9:20. I read all morning—no coffee break—didn’t go to St. Mary’s because of the rummage sale in progress. I started on Theophile Meek’s Hebrew Origins—read it several years ago, but must be reread. Got home shortly after noon. Bonnie and I had lunch—Debbie had gone to sleep about 11:30. In the mail was a letter from Lea asking about her coming out this summer to help with the new baby, etc. When Bonnie left for work I got to work reading—also dozed. Debbie awoke about 1:30 and I spent some time with her. About mid-afternoon I gave her a snack. But I turned my main attention to writing the final draft of my sermon—and I got it all finished by supper time. We had a roast for supper, so I had supper all ready by the time Bonnie got home. After eating, I read for a while in Meek before CBS news. How strange it was to have the opening list of reporters topped by the one in Peking! The films were very interesting. 7:30–9:00 I read and took time to play with Debbie—“cookie monster” and bean-bag. About 9:00 we called Lea to gladly accept her proposal. At 9:30 we were all set to watch The Odd Couple—but it was preempted—as last week!—by a basketball game—how infuriating—read after watching TV for a while—bathed, read in bed briefly, LO. c. 12:20.
David’s diary, 16 April 1971
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