Dodo No More

May 29, 1941, Had another letter from Jakey.  This one was a happy one.  He wrote that he had soloed Tuesday.  His mother and I went to Matilda Showyra’s shower.  I had a grand time.  Edmund came and after I had a few numbers and a few drinks and he had more, we got pretty…

Dodo

Sometimes it takes me a while to realize things. When I first read that Jake and the new recruits were called “dodos” I took it as just a name for a dummy. The full extent of the knowledge hit me when I was watching, of all movies, Shadow in the Clouds. People…the Dodo was a…

He’ll be dizzy and she won’t throw things.

May 28, 1941, When I get home and don’t have a letter from Peach, I feel like throwing things.  I had one, however, today.  Helped Mom a little in putting up the hem on my new dress and then went to rehearsal.  Chet and Ed called me at the office today.  At rehearsal Spike asked…

Jake Gets the News

May 24, 1941, I had no plans for this evening.  Was taking a bath when Ed came up.  He asked me to go to a show.  We went to Hartford and saw Count Bernie Vici and his show and a picture “Redhead.”  We stopped for ice cream and Ed brought me out a box full…

Before the New Breaks Part II

On the day she recieved the following letters from Jakey, this is what she wrote: May 23, 1941, Soon after, and this morning we drove down to the funeral home.  Zosh and I said good-bye to Stretch.  I touched my cheek to his lips.  He had a beautiful military funeral and Nat didn’t say hardly…

Before the News Breaks: Part I

While Babu is in Chicopee wrestling with loss, Jake is in Alabama having no idea that he, too, has lost a friend. The letters Babu gets from him are a jarring juxtaposition to what she is facing at home. Was it a welcome distraction? May 21, 1941, Jakey wrote me another letter today and he…

In Honor and Memory of Stretch Part II

May 19, 1941, Even though I realized Stretch was dangerously ill, I didn’t think of him leaving us.  He died this afternoon.  Zosh and I stayed with Nat all evening trying to console her.  She is being brave.  I haven’t got much use for the army since this happened.  They can’t be getting the right…

In Honor and Memory of “Stretch” Part I

Unfortunately, this was the start of the end. I am simply to sad to create suspense or to worry about spoilers. May 11, 1941, Nat was angry because Stretch didn’t come home.  However, he’s sick in the hospital and can’t help that.  Ed K. came up and gave me a driving lesson and we picked…

War

But not for us…Not yet. If you would indulge me, I found this post in my drafts bin. I started writing this post in 2018!!!! I’m not sure if I posted something like this already, thus where the indulgence is needed, but I felt it educational to see these passages grouped together on this theme….

Those spins, though!

I couldn’t believe what I was writing two posts ago. Here I was, showing you this amazing letter where Jake describes how to do tricks in a airplane in minute detail and I’m talking about some lame, vague fortune telling. I’m just kidding, I am excited about it all and I feel no guilt! But…

Jake’s Base

This is one of a few research posts I’ve been working on. Everything I read about in Babu’s pages and Jake’s letters makes me want to know more. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to do more than a basic google search, but even that can drudge up some neat information. One of my rabbit…