To my darling husband......

Dear John,

I am sending you this letter in a bogus software company envelope so that you will be sure to read it.

Please forgive the deception, but I thought you should know what has been going on at home since your IBM computer entered our lives two years ago.

The children are doing well.

Tommy is 7 now and is a bright, handsome boy.

He has developed quite an interest in the arts.

He drew a family portrait for a school project.

All the figures were good, but yours was excellent!

The chair and the back of your head are very realistic.

You would be proud of him.

Little Jennifer turned 3 in September.

She looks a lot like you did at that age.

She is an attractive child and quite smart.

She still remembers that you spent the whole afternoon with us on her birthday.

What a grand day for Jen, despite the fact that it was stormy and the electricity was out.

I am also doing well.

I went blonde about a year ago and was delighted to discover that it really is more fun.

Lars--I mean Mr. Swenson, the department head, has taken an interest in my career and has become a good friend to us all.

I have discovered that the household chores are much easier since I realized that you don't mind being vacuumed around, although that feather duster does make you sneeze.

The house is in good shape.

I had the living room painted last spring.

I'm not sure if you noticed it.

I made sure that the painters cut air holes in the drop cloth so you wouldn't smother.

Well, dear, I must be going.

Uncle Lars - Mr. Swenson, I mean, is taking us all on a ski trip and there is packing to do.

I have hired a housekeeper to take care of thing while we are away.

She'll keep things in order, fill your coffee cup, and bring your meals to your desk, -just the way you like it.

I hope you and IBM have a lovely time while we are gone.

Tommy, Jen and I think of you often - try to remember us while your disks are booting.

Love, Mary.