April A-Z: Initiation

The Nee-Wah girls.  They were an exclusive club.  I remember Babu writing that she thought they wouldn’t accept Ernie.  Then she wrote about her acceptance and never mentioned if Ernie was in or no.  In the picture shared with me in this post: April A-Z: Contact Ernie is not in the picture although Babu’s friends…

April A-Z: Holidays

I am currently transcribing the end of 1940 so why not focus on the good days?  Here’s to the November Holidays! The first to celebrate is “Peaches’” birthday: Thursday, November 21st, 1940 Gladys Kapinos, Freddy Fila, Jake and I went bowling.  Edmund joined us there.  Ed and Jake bowled against the 3 of us and…

April A-Z: Grand Adventures and Ghost Towns

The desert has such an allure.  I want to move out there.  I want to live out there.  At the very least, I cannot wait to visit again.  That will have to wait as I, sigh, live in New England and, sigh, have to work for a living.  There will be an adventure for us…

April A-Z: Franklin D.

Wednesday, October 30th, 1940 The president of the U.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Springfield today and we all saw him.  We were hanging out of our office windows as he went by and he looked up at us, smiled and waved.  It was a thrill and I waved and shouted with the rest.  Jake and…

April A-Z: Enlistment

Here we are, September, 1940, and, as we know, the rumbles of World War Two were grumbling on already – with out us.  A draft for able bodied men is about to take effect.  Some men will register for the draft and let fate decide.  Some, I’m sure, tried to evade.  It’s a logical thing…

April A-Z: Divvying and Dreaming

This past March was tense and difficult.  The 11th was Babu’s birthday but instead of her, we had a job.  Adam’s uncle, Tony, came from Tennessee and helped to start the process of doling out things that were hers and now theirs.  You can imagine how that can go.  At some point one night during…

April A-Z: Contact

It has finally happened and it has warmed my heart.  The world is not so large as I once thought.  I knew eventually someone would contact me through the blog about someone they knew or about a family member they heard about but never got to meet. Out there, even beyond the blogosphere, there is…

April A-Z: The Blow Up, September, 1940

I would bet some of you will be able to relate.  I currently have 19 posts in various forms of no where near publish-ready hanging out at the top of my screen.  What a great mine for posts when looking for gold during the April A-Z Challenge.  This is a post I began a while…

April A-Z: Absence

… This is having no reason to keep 480 packets of Polident. (We were unable to throw it out.) An empty room. (Filling with boxes to be sent.  This one to Tennessee, this one just down the street.) 2:00 comes (routine, routine, routine) and there’s nothing to do. We have started to fill our time…

A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

Hello everyone.  I have not been around these parts much lately.  As I have been working on drafts of posts and going back through all stuff Babu and this blog, I have been feeling myself unwind and feel lighter.  I need to get back to writing and here is my push! The April A-Z Challenge. …

Together

It has been a little over two months since Babu passed.  It’s been hard, living here with all of her things, but not her.  Husband and I have been finding moments of joy and some of bittersweetness.  Her birthday is quickly rushing toward me.  It is next month.  It will be a really hard time…

Babu: 1918-2018

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I post this update.  In fact, I’ve been avoiding it for two and a half weeks.  We have lost Babu.  She was a hundred and a half and she went peacefully and quickly.  It’s been a hard holiday and long December.  I’m in the process of healing…