John's Letter, April 2016
Well, here it is April. It’s been almost 10 years since we moved out of our old house into this money pit house sold to us by George Stibbs. Elly always liked him because he reminded her of some teacher she used to have that cured her gum-chewing habits when she was in elementary school by making her chew an excessive amount of gum. As a dentist, I can’t recommend that method, but Elly liked that teacher and so she liked George Stibbs. Chee! When the tree fell on the roof the first month after we moved in, it was like an omen, or fate, as Elly would say. I think we have had to repair something in the house every couple of months since have moved in. George did not keep the place up.
I thought we would see April over Easter coming in from Guelph and taking a break from veterinary school, but she’s still up there in that apartment she lives in with her boyfriend up there. Elly tried to keep her mouth shut about that like she did when Elizabeth was living with that Eric Chamberlain fellow at Nippissing who cheated on her and she missed her opportunity to marry Anthony when she was in school. April’s old boyfriend, Gerald Delaney-Forsythe got married to her old friend Becky McGuire, the pop superstar Rebeccah, and it was all over the entertainment news. Elly could barely stand it. “Just like Elizabeth. Missed her chance.” April and her boyfriend have been together for years now and still no cheating. I told her that Phil and Georgia lived together for 5 years before they got married and Elly just says, “You’re not helping, John.” I thought we could go visit April, but Elly always says, “We never visited Mike at Western or Liz at Nippissing, so why go visit April at Guelph? She’ll come back to us after her boyfriend cheats on her.” I think she would have come back after we finished her downstairs apartment with that giant cast iron bathtup, but Elly took that over and she’s down there all the time working on her book or soaking in the tub or both. “If it’s good enough for Dalton Trumbo, it’s good enough for me.” I guess this Trumbo guy used to write books sitting in his bathtub or something like that. Elly spends almost all her time in the basement now. I can’t see her giving that up, even if April comes home after her boyfriend cheats on her.
I’m back in the dental business after selling my old business to Dr. Everett Elliott Callahan. There was a dentist in town who got in a bad accident. He was riding his bicycle and got hit by a dump truck. I substituted for him for about a year, and then bought his business, when it was obvious he wasn’t going to recover to where he could do dental work again. It was like being able to breathe again. I was never meant to be retired and stuck in the house all day. I wanted to do medical mission work or community service, but Elly was determined I didn’t do that. “Connie got pregnant when she did medical mission work.” I don’t think I would have that problem, but still, I am back in dentistry now. I am almost 70 and I still love it. We did a free public information session about dental implants at the Milborough Museum last weekend and I loved every minute of it. I love keeping up with technology and my practice is almost as big as it was before I sold it to Elliott Everett.
Elly did take a trip back to Vancouver for her high school reunion and she really liked it. She’s been talking about some old classmate she ran into that is now a jazz musician. She really liked his moustache and she’s been telling me it would be nice if I grew a moustache. “No, thank you, ma’am” is what I say. I remember when Anthony Caine grew a moustache and it looked like he aged 40 years. If I grew a moustache I would look like I was over 100 years old. The other thing the guy did was wear ties that had cartoon characters on them. I said, “You mean like Snoopy or Garfield?” and Elly said, “No. Like fish or dogs, where from a distance it looked like something paisley but up close it looked like cartoon fish.” The fanciest I get is a colourful bowtie. I can’t imagine any adult man wearing that kind of stuff. Elly seemed to like it, so I think I know what I am going to get for our wedding anniversary.
Talk to you later,