Classy, Snappy, and No Dumbbell!

Babu read the new set of passages and remembered a girl in her journal named Jenny and corrected the spelling of her last name.  She still has so much of her memory but wont believe it!  She even sometimes calls herself a “dumbbell,”  which is far from the truth.  She remembered that Jenny lived not…

The First and Second Week of May

The passages that start May are exciting and seem to be a little magical.  Maybe I’m just being too sentimental or it’s because as Spring is starting in 1935, it’s also begun here! All of the excitement of a school year coming to a close is buzz-buzzing in her passages.  They have gotten their class…

Fourth Week of April, 1935 Excerpt

Tuesday, April 30, 1935 Had a very good lesson today. Joe Grdymir came from Worcester.  He kept us drilling from 8 to 11. Now, Diary I’m seldom happy. I have an indescribable lump in my chest because I can’t be popular. You’ve heard this over and over again. Why can’t I be? Never mind. I…

The Fourth Week of April, 1935

Babu has caused Drobey – “Caveman” – not to be able to sleep.  Teddy is his ambassador, bringing messages, and potato chip bags back and forth.  Babu’s written reaction to this?  “Bunk.” She writes a lot about piano lessons.  Her teacher is getting lessons her self and now things are much more strict in class….

The Doors in This House 4/3/16

In this house I must keep fighting with the porch door, They close all throughout this house but don’t latch. The only way to win is to slam it hard And wiggle the handle wildly. He wakes from the other room, It’s past noon And is yelling at the sound. We aren’t sleeping well Too…

Third Week of April 1935 Excerpt

Sunday, April 21, 1935 It being a beautiful day we wore our new clothes and felt pretty and saw “The Wedding Night” and “Society Doctor.”  We went out for our usual walk and met them.  Drobey wouldn’t speak a word so I gave up.  I don’t know what’s wrong I wouldn’t go to the minstrel…

Dedicated to Stanley Midura

My timing was bad when I brought the newest passages to her.  I was giving her her 8:00 pills – bedtime pills – and I had given her her dessert and my cat was meowing in the hallway…Usually the process of reading these diary entries takes a half an hour – and I’ll be honest,…

Third Week of April, 1935

Easter shopping makes one so tired. I bet she looked dazzlingly all decked out. A boy from a class they had together the previous year died.  She doesn’t tell us how. She writes something about Caveman, but I swear, it is in code! She talks a lot this month about winter weather in April and…

The Gift That on Most Days She Hasn’t Lost 4/3/16

The Gift That on Most Days She Hasn’t Forgotten 4/3/16 As she continues to translate the prayer From Polish to English One of the ones her father taught her In his slow and deliberate way My mind is not with her. Neither knowing Polish or the lord, I use the long time as she closes…

Second Week of April, 1935 Excerpt

Sunday April 14, 1935 When Caveman talks to me he always looks at Jeanette.  I’m going to tell him someday.  They’re out now, after we came home.  Mother went to the opera.  How does that sound?  It’s at the high school.  I had a lovely time with Jenete buzz, buzzing.  The dad and I had…

Babu and Her Father

When I showed the second week of April to Babu it was really the last passage, Sunday, that we spent the most time on.  At first I tried to prod her about Drobey AKA “Caveman” and I think the only way I’ll ever know is if I ever find the previous year’s diary.   All…