Andy Jablonski, Give It Up!

Monday, September 30th, 1940 After supper I took a bath and got dressed for choir.  We gave a party for Mary Cyron who is to be married soon and what a time we had!  Had fun with most all the boys but Andy Jablonski kept pretty close to me all evening calling me darling and…

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…

Retro Wednesday: The Great New England Airshow

A rumble, kind of a cracking rumble.  A kind of cracking, tearing, rumble.  And then it is out from behind the clouds, overhead, and then gone. Fighter planes and stunt men, and much, much more, put on quite a quite a show at Westover Airforce Base this weekend.  What could be better than standing on…

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…

A day in the life, 2018, and Another Month in 1940: Part Five

In the afternoons, Babu does her exercises.  She reads the paper.  I bring the dog down and she tells me that “she’s getting bigger!”  She rests again and gets up and does her exercises again.  She places her double sided sheet of instructions that are, of course, in a plastic sheet protector on the table…

A Day in the Life, 2018, and a Month in 1940: Part Four

“Dobre popowoodnew!” as she crawls from the living room after her long nap.  I say good afternoon in Polish slowly, and spell it (incorrectly) even slower.  She doesn’t reply but keeps making slow progress towards the bathroom. “How are ya feeling?”  I ask as cheerfully as possible but I already sense, and brace myself.  She…

A Day in the Life, 2018, and a Month in 1940: Part Two

Babu rises and shines again right around 8:30.  Ok, now we are back on track.  As she takes about 25 minutes in the bathroom I get breakfast started.  I should set my alarm in the morning a lot later because at this point I can do this in my sleep.  When the door to the…

A Day in the Life, 2018, and a Month in 1940: Part One

There is some dream, some dream about…my garden.  I keep walking, taking turns peering around corners, snooze and there’s more.  More yard, more rose bushes.  It’s both a marvelous snooze dream, like The Secret Garden! and an anxiety dream.  There’s more.  More work to do.  I could have put the snooze cucumber plants here and…