#7--Letter to my grandson about my favorite television show and about Veggie Tales
#9--Letter to my grandson about his baptismal gown made from a World War II parachute

#8--Letter to my grandson about jobs and how his uncle wanted to be Mickey Mouse


Your mom in the Pressroom
This is your mom when she visited me one day at the Pressroom at the State Capitol where I worked.

Dear Xavier,

I remember when your Uncle Justin was a young boy.  Somebody asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up.  Without hesitation, he said he wanted to be Mickey Mouse.  Everybody chuckled.


Uncle Justin wearing his Mickey Mouse ears.
Uncle Justin wanted to be Mickey Mouse for awhile. Your mom is right behind him.
Someday, you will be looking for a job.  There are so many different things that you can do to make a living and support a family.


 See the picture just above this letter?  It's a shot of your mom in the Press Room at the Michigan State Capitol.  She was sitting in the chair in my office.  Your grandma dropped her off for me to watch her while she did some errands.

 The pressroom was on the second floor of the Capitol Building just behind the House of Representatives.  It was where the newspaper, television and radio reporters worked as they reported and wrote about state government.  I was the pressroom manager.

Part of the pressroom was an area where we had news conferences where all kinds of politicians and groups would come to get the attention of the news media.  

When the picture of your mom was taken, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin was getting ready to hold a news conference with television and radio crews and other reporters.  The hot lights were on when he got my attention because he wanted to hold her.  So, during the whole news conference, he held her.  She didn't move a muscle.

 On the days when the weather was warm, grandma would bring your mom and Uncle Justin to the front lawn of the Capitol where we would have lunch while sitting on a blanket.  

I had lots of other jobs there.  I will tell you more about them later.

What job do you want?  Do you want to be one of the Veggie Tales characters?

 I love you,

 Grandpa Thorp