The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

A knew Letter To My Good Friends

on April 19, 2021

Here I am again frends with a difficult spelling of words. But I am ready to do my best once more. Just a few weeks ago I red your recent responses to me, and they were so sweet that I decided to write again now even though writing correctly is still difficult for me. So this time I will try to explain some of my problems and how I try to deal with them.

For about three years I have ben living in a large and handsome building that is very well managed and contains a hundred or more men and women of different ages, backgrounds, and interests. When it comes to time for our evening dinner several people-mostly men-chose to eat alone in there private apartments. But for the most part large numbers of men and women choose to dine with friends in our large dining room. Even then however people have different choices. Some eat dinner their regularly but don’t seem to notes anyone else. They just want to eat there food and then leave the room. On the other hand many women–not men– are eager to eat with different people every day. I think they want to become friendly with fokes they haven’t met yet in there classrooms.

When it comes to breakfast all of us eat inside our rooms every morning. After that I go downstairs in an elevator, with my cart because I need important items with me. Actually, they are just pieces of paper and a pencil that I will use later. I will write all the important things I need to remember because my memory doesn’t last very long. So I try to carry everything I need everyday, and also get to the right time for dinner in the evening. There I always want to eat with my friends. Here recently eating times have ben changed, and I have trouble remembering when to go down at the wright time.

Strangely, my best memories are the songs I learned to sing long ago and the foods I always liked to eat. But I cant remember easily the names of all my friends. Even though I try to write down names and everything else that is important to me, I often forget to look at what I have written down. In addition I am not a good speller anymore, so I have to check all the words I’ve written before I mail any of my letters. And sometimes I also forget how to speak ordinary words. For example, I may not remember to ask for “milk” when I order tee after dinner .

Although all the things Ive mentioned today may have suggested that I lost most of my abilities, I wrote this message to you today without help from anyone else. When I misspelled some words that I wrote, I did recognize them afterward and tried to correct them before sending you this paper. Altho many of the abilities I used easily in the past are now more difficult for me, that is actually normal for most people of my age. Just later this week I will be celebrating my ninty year birthday, and I will still be able to exercise with young women every morning. ( Men don’t usually get up early around here) So I am pleased that I still remember your faces and voices as I did before. In addition I wrote this letter to you without help from anyone else except the owners of this company who regularly put red lines under any words they think are written incorrectly. Although I appreciate there help when I need it, I also think that some of them are too critical of smart people like me.

3 responses to “A knew Letter To My Good Friends

  1. Steve Buel says:

    Sending love to you, Joanne. Have a great day!


  2. berniemon13 says:

    Joanne you gave an accurate description of your day. Stay positive. You still have wonderful abilities. You are thoughtful, considerate of others, helpful and caring. Love, from Helen


  3. starjumper47 says:

    Hi Joanne,
    It was great to hear from you again! I read with great interest and appreciation your description of your home. My parents have a lovely apartment in a similar sounding setting here in Oregon. Due to Covid restrictions, they have not been able to have company. Just this week, things have opened up and we are now able to visit indoors. I hope that you are able to have visitors to your home too. We have also had some beautiful spring weather lately.
    My biggest news is that my husband and I are now proud grandparents. Our grandson, Jaxon is only six weeks old. It’s amazing how much fun it is to be around such a tiny human! We love being grandparents.
    Thank you for continuing to post!
    All my best,


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