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“I don’t want to be rich, I just want to be wonderful.”Marilyn Monroe
Everything, we think, within reason…..Susan has spent many hours creating her beautiful blog along with her “WILLARD” newsletters to surprise her “Girlfriends” over the years. If you have found them to be of value, and if it tickles your fancy, please consider supporting her time with a donation of your choosing: anything between the cost of a glass of wine or a good dinner! And don’t even think about this if it puts the slightest crimp in your wallet as she will love you forever no matter what happens. ♥

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I would like you to meet my grandfather, Willard Smith. When I was around eleven, and in full letter-writing mode, I sent a letter to his house in Sioux City, Iowa. I had fallen in love with “the olden days” and so I wrote to ask him for pictures of when he was young. He sent me lots of photos including this one of him in his pilot goggles.

As far back as I can remember, my grandfather wrote long newsy letters at Christmas and sent them to everyone he knew; a year in his life more or less. My mom would bring the letter to the dinner table and read it to all of us. He was the first person our family ever saw do this. We thought he invented it.

One day, someone else sent us this same kind of letter, my mom brought it to the table to read; my brother Stephen, who was then about twelve, put two and two together, piped up and said, “Oh! It’s a Willard!” Of course this sent all of us into hysteria, we thought he was so brilliant and brave. Brave because we didn’t usually call Grandpa by his first name for one thing, it was normally frowned on. But my parents were laughing too, this was a good one. So when it was time to give my newsletter a name, my choice was obvious. “It’s a Willard!” I thought you’d like to see a picture of “Our Founder.” He also sent me this photo of his smoking dog Jack. (Don’t think for a moment I agree with this, I cringe a little when I see it now, but it was of its time.) Of course we kids loved it. Willard was our hero, he was the bee’s knees. Liked pork chop gravy on his chocolate cake. A legend in his own time.

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922 Responses to Willard Sign Up

  1. Joyce Archibald says:

    I absolutely love all your books, quotations and innovative ideas. You are the person I want to be. You reflect all the things I always dream of being and doing. I am so glad I found you and I continue to share all your books, calendars and (of course) recipes with my friends and relatives. I live on Cape Cod in a homey cottage overlooking a beautiful pond. Thank you for your inspiration and being my girlfriend!

  2. Jeanne Govert says:

    I wish you would design a desk calendar book. One with a spiral edge so the book would lay flat and you could see the whole week in front of you.

  3. Jacqueline Murrell says:

    Susan, I was staying in a little Welsh village this summer. On one of my walks I passed a cottage. The sidewalk went right beside the resident’s kitchen window. On the window ledge I spied an Emma Bridgewater teapot! (I thought of you. I was introduced to her china in your book A Fine Romance.) As I stood admiring it, she came out. I was afraid she thought I was spying on her! I told her I was admiring her Emma Bridgewater teapot. She said she collected Emma’s cups, etc. She actually invited me in for a cup of tea!! I declined. But as I think back I wish I had accepted her invitation!!

  4. Ruth Thomas says:

    Have loved Willard since the beginning. You inspire and comfort us girlfriends. Saving up to buy some cups. All set with my 2018 calenders. Also now have a penpal through your blog. Just love all that you do.

  5. Norma says:

    I wish you would design an address book. Please?

    • sbranch says:

      I think I’ve done three so far . . . check my web store, there may still be one . . . I’ve started using one of them for keeping my passwords in, along with my credit card and bank account numbers, and business contacts ~ very handy!

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