Convicts in the Barracks, May 10, 1941

May 10, 1941, Saw Ernie off on the train and felt lonesome.  Came home and started cleaning my drawers.  Jake sent me another letter and some pictures.  He looks so thin and his hair is clipped short.  Edmund, Johnny Lech, and Eddie came up early and left soon. J.L. came back about 8 and we…

In Between Letters

Having been on this side of things more than once, the partner left home, I can tell you it’s not easy for either. Basic training, and being away from home for what follows, is no joke. We hear the strain of it in Jake’s letters immediately. But we left at home not only pine for…

Letters from “This Godforsaken Hole”

May 6, 1941, It’s so warm again and no rain.  I had another letter from Jakey again today.  It felt so good.  Freda Grockmal read our palms and told us what the stars had in store for us-at club tonight.  We adjourned to the Moonlight and we had cokes and exchanged experiences.  All the way…

Writing Letters and Waiting for Letters, May, 1941

Monday, May 5, 1941 Took my piano lessons and “Prof” at the city hall.  I wanted to get home and then dreaded it if I didn’t have a letter.  I had two when I got home.  Both from Jakey.  Gosh he wrote the same day he got there and another a few days later.  Said…

Just Listening to Some Jazz While Waiting on the Mail…

Friday, May 2, 1941 It rained in spurts today and by evening had turned really cold.  Washed my hair, cleaned my room, and played piano.  Nellie dropped in for a while.  I was anxious to get home tonight to see if I had any mail from Jake, but there was none.  His folks had a…

So Begins a New Year, 2021 and the Month of May, 1941

Thursday, May 1, 1941 Now that Mildred left, I am again working as Mr. Hitchcock’s secretary.  His work alone keeps me busy all day.  Tonight while I was practicing, Ed came up and afterwards Frank Adamzyk.  We picked up Zosh and went to see the fireworks at Mt. Park.  So far this week I haven’t…

This Space for Writing Messages

to the one you love each stop of the journey just to let them know 5 minutes till the next leg many more until the next stop the next missive missing See you in the next letter. you are moving ever toward returning home or never.   Tuesday, April 29, 1941 Had a card from…

The Leaving.

Sunday, April 27, 1941 Jake, Nat, Stretch, Ed, Chet, and I took pictures today.  Stretch and Nat left and the rest of us went to the “Silver Star” for chicken and spaghetti.  Peach and I were out of sorts but we perked up.  We went riding and on the way bought me a lipstick.  When…

Leading to the Leaving…

Sunday April 13, 1941 The doorbell woke me at 6 bringing me a corsage from Jake with even a little poetry enclosed.   I’d love to know what the poetry said.  So cute!   Wednesday April 16, 1941 Jakey took us to work this morning.  I told him to pick out a camera and let…

Beginning of April – No Joke!

Hello, I am here.  I hope that means that I am back and will post more frequently.  I’m sure many writers can relate to how hard it is to get going when writing inertia and life momentum gets going.  Mostly, I find it is harder and harder the longer I am away.  Regardless, however long…

The End of March, 1941

Friday, March 21st, 1941 The first day of Spring was lovely but not too warm.  Jake came up and I had washed my hair. It takes all the romance out when one looks like that.  We listened to the radio and Chet M. dropped in for a while. Jakey heard that he may be called…

Easter, 1941

Happy easter, to those of you who celebrate it.  Babu certainly did and the church, and the family dinners, were an important thing to her.   Whatever you believe, I wish you cheer on this day.  I hope you can at least “Zoom” or speak with people that you are not able to physically be…