Saturday, February 4, 1933
Jack penned a letter to his parents, reporting on his less than desired examination results and his daily marks regarding his overall school conduct.
His father responded in a letter back within the week,
“Mother and I got your letter of the fourth with your examination and daily marks. It looks to me very much as if you were starting on the toboggan again, and the only possible result is grief and a bad summer.
I am just as sure, however, that you are trying lots harder now than you ever did before, but for some reason or other you are evidently missing again, and is it is now only February, you have plenty of time to slide down or pull yourself up. I am much more hopeful that you can pull yourself up than I have ever been any other year, because I think your attitude is much better and I think that not only do you want to do well, but that you are really trying to; so, for goodness sakes, don’t spoil your spring and summer by not doing the job as well as you might.”
[253, p. 116]