John Adamczyk and the Westfield “San”

Babu is a great record keeper and it throws me for such a loop sometimes when she does not input enough data.  For example, normally she puts the full date on the back of her pictures as well as everyone’s names.  I have been transcribing 1940 and gathering up all the images for that year. …

August, 1940: Part Two

Here is Part One: August, 1940: The Trip Here is something not to be missed while Babu is on vacation with Jakey in Amsterdam, NY and staying with Ann and Paul: Sunday, August 11th, 1940 We slept late and attended 12 o’clock mass at the Shrine of Auriesville.  After dinner we went swimming again but…

August, 1940: The Trip

This epic vacation Babu and Jakey take deserves first billing when it comes to telling you the stories from August, 1940.  It was a romantic vacation for two, and it was not initially meant to be that, exactly. Tuesday, July 30th, 1940 The heat wave is still holing us in it’s grip.  Cookie and I…

We Had Some Narrow Escapes

Were cars in 1940 harder to drive or is Babu just really bad? Sunday, April 7th, 1940 Maybe I spent all of a half hour at home today.  After church Jakey took me riding and gave me my first driving lesson.  He got provoked a few times but on the whole we did well. Admittedly,…

July, 1940

I love when I get to write about the month I am currently in.  When I read something like: Cookie and I lolled around with cooling drinks on our front porch in the bright moonlight. I can say to myself, wow, that sounds nice.  What’s even crazier, is that I can go out on the…

June, 1940: Taunton

I’m not sure if I shared with you that the choir Babu is a part of had a trip planned around a concert in Taunton, MA.  It looked as if Babu would not be able to attend due to her attendance at rehearsals: Monday, June 24th, 1940 I don’t think I can go to Taunton…

June, 1940

I’ve written a lot recently about a heartbreaking, but temporary, rift between Babu and Jake in the middle of 1940 but the crux of it was really surrounding the Nee-Wah trip to Brookside Campground in Chester, MA.  These girls always get into trouble on this trip. Check out this passage if you don’t remember 😉…

May, 1940: The Lighter Side

Friday, May 3rd, 1940 Tonight I was going to wash my hair before anyone came.  I was just about to dip my head in the water and the doorbell rang.  As a result, Jakey, Billy, Yvette, and I went bowling.  Now I have a new score to brag about – 92.  We bought a bag…

Retro Wednesday: The Springfield Airport

Leave our home and head to the top of Bonneville.  Take a left and go down Fairview which shifts onto Abbey Memorial.  Pass the cemetery and Szot Park and come to the lights.  Take a right then a quick left, unless you want some Papa John’s.  You are in what my husband and I and…

Uncomfortable, Part Two

It’s awkward enough reading and writing about Babu’s desires for Jakey and how she fights to resist temptation: Saturday, April 20th, 1940 Peaches and I went for a ride.  It didn’t last long cause we drove into our stall and almost drove ourselves to destruction. But some things are even more awkward than that.  As…

Poor Poland

As I read her 1940 and even, of course, her 1939 passages I look for signs of war because I want her version of this story I already know.  Her opinions, emotions, when, how, and how often the topic arrises in her pages tells me of The American Experience at this time.  What is more…

The Beginning of 1940

February, March and April, these are the days.  Love isn’t really heating up or cooling off, it’s nice and steady.  Wonderful!  The roller coster of love has turned to the lazy river for a moment.  And it’s so romantic.  So, maybe more like one of those Ventian boats a guy in a striped shirt pushes…