Happy Birthday, Babu!

I want you to know that your grandchildren are thinking of you heavily today.  We miss you.  I would tell you “Sto Lat” but you already made it.  Thank you for sending Adam that song on his way to visit the cemetery today.  A good reminder that we will:  “See ya later alligator.” We all…

February 15th? 16th?, 1941

For a moment I thought I had found the pictures for the Vaentines day dance of 1941, but I had not.  These are clearly the pictures for Zosh’s 22nd birthday and here is the passage from that day: Saturday, February 15th, 1941 Had a headache this morning from lack of sleep.  In the office the…

January 26th, 1941

Hold the presses.  I found pictures I didn’t know I had!  They are of the snowy, cold, January kind, but even though it is March 1st, they seem appropriate.  It is still so very cold!  I cannot wait for spring.  My garden is calling me.  But until then, here is January 26th, 1941: Sunday, January…

The End of February, 1941

Sunday, February 16th, 1941 Right about noontime Jake came up and we were going to read the paper but Chester popped in and asked us to go skating at Hampton Ponds.  His brother Fritz and Helen Boron and some other girls came, too. The wind was terrific so we didn’t stay too long. We spent…

Valentine’s Day, 1941

Friday, February 14th, 1941 Right after work we decorated the ballroom and it looked beautiful.  Jakey came for me and gave me a corsage when we got home. He also sent me a lovely valentine.  We got to the Sheraton a little after nine. We had such a crowd and a grand one. My gown…

The Beginning of February, 1941

When I was working on the April A-Z challenge things got a bit out of order so I began a bit of this month already.  Check it out here: April A-Z: A Month of Many Tears During this month things heated up quite a bit between our two lovers and mixed feelings about it ensued. …

The End of January, 1941

Sunday, January 19th, 1941 We spent a lazy day.  Then Jake came about 2:30.  We did crossword puzzles and then fell asleep.  Went to his house about six and were given supper.  Nellie and Caz and Jake and I walked down street and Jake and I went to see “Little Nellie Kelly” and “A Fugitive…

Mid January, 1941

Saturday, January 11th, 1941 We worked all day today.  The bosses were out so Ruth, Emmy, and I ate lunch together.  Even had wine with our dinner. We were silly and had fun all afternoon (we worked too).  Jakey came up to the office about 4:45 and we had supper together and went to see…

The Beginning of January, 1941

I love reading Babu’s sweet passages, and even better her witty ones, but this next passage was not one of either of them.  Passages like these remind me that this is more than just a hobby of mine, and it’s more than about just Babu’s life.  This is a real retelling of her life and…

Happy New Year!

This day is about firsts, so here is the first day of 1941: Wednesday, January 1st, 1941 Woke at 10 and was late for high mass again.  Balanced my book at noon and then settled down for a nap.  Jake came and joined me. Edmund stepped in for a while and then we dozed off…

New Year’s Reflection

Do you know the feeling when you are lost but you are just now getting the feeling like the area around you is beginning to look right and you think you know how to get unlost?  I have been having this feeling this holiday while reading these powerful passages from Babu.  It is such a…

Ugly Wrapping

I ugly wrapped this year.  On purpose.  My grandmother would be mortified.  But I did it for Babu, who would be pleased, I think, and also maybe a bit mortified.  Here is the result: Yes, I wrapped Christmas presents in Birthday, Anniversary, any other holiday paper.  I was delighted to wrap a present for my…