March 13, 1970, Los Angeles, CA
Anguished Parents wrote:Can you help us? My birthdate is April 10, 1907, and my husband's February 12,1906. We have the same problem as many parents do today. Our son's data is May 6, 1934, 6:45 PM PST, 34N03, 118W14 [obviously Los Angeles - JAE].
Our son was always a very dear, thoughtful, gentle person growing up. Everyone loved him. He was dependable, honest, sincere, trustworthy, loyal and very, very active in church work. He was always a leader, and never a follower of a crowd or fad. He was a person who defended the underdog. He loved the church and spent five years in seminary before becoming a missionary in the Orient in 1960. He married a lovely girl, also an ordained minister, whose birthday is March 25, 1933; they have three children.
We saw a change in him when they came home on furlough in 1963. We couldn't communicate with him. In late 1968 they separated and their divorce is now in its final stages. Neither one will say why the divorce; they always seemed to everyone an ideal couple.
Our son had started drinking while in the Orient. He now swears and has grown a long beard, his hair has grown long and full, nd his attitude is so different now. He seems to be ready and expecting to receive whatever he can get from us, but nothing in return. He's back in the States now, but we seldom hear a word from him, not even at Christmas or on his father's birthday.
We love him because he is our son and for what we know he has been and could be, but we do not admire him. He is a brilliant man scholastically, and won top honors in Languages. In college, before attending the seminary, he was active in sports, drama, glee club, and was national president of a collegiate fellowship organization. All in all a well-rounded, likeable, handsome young man. He seems like a stranger to us today. I apologize for the length of this letter, but there is so much I could go on and on about a wonderful man who has gone so in reverse! Please disguise this letter so that our identities will not be recognizable, as we are well known throughout many areas and are so ashamed of the way our son is today. Do you see any hope for a change for the better for him in our time?