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Dear Grandma


Doug’s Letter to Grandma, 1983, courtesy of Virginia Gorman

Dear Grandma

I haven’t written you in a long time but that has nothing to do with how often I think of you. I received your card for my birthday back in may and I meant to write you and thank you for it but I never got to it. I kept real busy all summer and I’m now in Alaska again for a short while. I’ll be returning to Dallas hopefully before mom and Dad return to Colombia. It will be exciting to see Kathy’s new baby when I return. I hope to see Bruce and Brenda and their new baby as well as Gail + Virginia on the way home in October.

It has been rather interesting working in 10°–30° weather with ice floating all around the boat. The salt water ocean freezes at 28.6° F and is now 29° so we will be forced to head south in a few days. We are working off the coast of Alaska in the Arctic Ocean.

In November sometime, some friends of mine and I are planning a motorcycle trip through Central America to Colombia. I am really anticipating this trip because we have talked about it for years.

In January I plan to go back to school to finish my degree in Mathematics in order to fly in the Air Force. Please pray with me that the Lord will guide me every step along the way. I love you Grandma. Doug

undated letter from Dough (Lee’s son) to Grandma, referencing his parents and siblings; provided by Virginia Gorman (Lee’s daughter); transcribed by Dawn (Steve’s daughter)

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  • What was Doug doing on the boat in Alaska?
  • Where did he plan to finish his degree? Where did he begin? Why did he take a break?
  • What his parents think of this venture?
  • Does this letter reference his Duncan grandmother or his Kindberg grandmother? What did Grandma think of this venture?

Gail Gets Her Sprint Training

High School, Yarinacocha, Peru, courtesy of Kathy Courtright, May 20, 2013

Gail’s High School in Yarinacocha, courtesy of Kathy Courtright

[Gail]: So, I’m the third child [of Lee] and I think my mom had a miscarriage between Eric and I.

[Eric]: That’s right.

[Gail]: Didn’t Mom? Do you know how far along Mom was when she had that miscarriage?

[Kathy]: She was out in the tribe. I don’t think she knew very well.

[Gail]: OK. I was born in 1958. . . .

[Mary Lynn]: What’s the best thing about growing up at Yarinacocha?

[Gail]: I enjoyed the freedom of being out on motorcycles. I mean, I was one of the ones that just enjoyed being out, you know, being out on the motorcycles.

[Kathy]: Oh, yeah, going out on motorcycles and then going to the teachers’ houses and raiding their underwear and short-sheeting their beds.

[Gail]: I was this prankster, that’s for sure.

[Kathy]: She got sprint training by—we’d go out in a group to throw mangos on the roofs, the tin roofs and then we’d all go running, so Gail got her sprint training trying to keep up with people.

[Gail]: Yeah. I was a prankster and I was known for it, too. Yeah.

[Mary Lynn]: I didn’t know that about you.

[Gail]: Oh yeah, I was really bad.

[Steve]: We thought you were perfect.

[Gail]: Pardon?

[Steve]: We thought you were perfect.

[Gail]: Oh, gosh.

[Dawn]: She’s telling you she was.

[Gail]: I was.

[Steve]: Oh.

[Mary Lynn]: How about the social part of Yarinacocha?

[Gail]: The social part? I was a social person.

[Eric]: Gail was known as a very social person. All the guys liked Gail. They would hang around her because she was a good friend to them.

[Mary Lynn]: Would you ever like to go back to live?

[Gail]: Um. I would like to go back and visit, but I don’t think, don’t know if I’d want to go back and live there. I think things have changed too much.

story told by Gail (Lee’s daughter) with interjections by Kathy and Eric (Lee’s kids), Mary Lynn (Eric’s wife), Steve and Dawn (Steve’s daughters) to the family reunion gathering on January 11, 2014; transcribed by Dawn Duncan Harrell (Steve’s daughter)

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