Stage 4: Wider reading :

Unit 1: Memories


Excerpt from a biography “Memorial to Joan Gates”

Another example of God's protection was an offer to Clive of a Ford V8 for $110, so we accepted the offer.

It was a very good car and we had some great trips: The Sequoias, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Indio Desert with Dr Fritz Whent, Disney Land, Sandiago Zoo, Marine Land, and Descanto Camilia Gardens.

The children just loved Disney Land, and we were given $10 by Prof. Underwood , his Professor in Agriculture in W.A., and his wife when they were visiting Cal Tech, and Clive brought them home to lunch.

He said "you must take the children to Disney Land".

It was amazing.

We all enjoyed the trip, such as: Tom Sawyer's Island;

the trip down the river, with the Hippos coming up and blowing out water;

the boat going under the waterfall without getting wet;

a Red Indian camp, complete with Indians, wigwams, and campfire blazing;

the big black Gorilla beating his chest all very realistic and thrilling to the children.

The purchase of the car took all our money till the next pay came through, as well as the payment of our Health Insurance, which is essential in USA, as medical is very expensive.

So we only had the food that was in the house.

However, we all went down with Asian Flu and no one wanted to eat much.

Our daughter recovered first and went back to school.

Her lunch that day was limited, so she had to make a big thing of it and told her friend, "this is all the food we have".

The story reached her teacher, so when her mother was interviewed by her teacher, she said she was concerned for our welfare.

We assured her we were quite alright, and explained the purchase of the car and Health Insurance coming together had temporally left us short till next pay.

We thanked her very much for her kind concern.