Fortune Telling and Spinning Planes

May 15, 1941, Ruth, Emmy, and I made plans to go to a fortune teller tonight.  Emmy took me home to supper with her.  We skipped over to see Vi and then went to know our future.  She told me about mother’s throat.  It was alright for me to take a trip.  She could see…

In Between Letters II

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 up Nat at her home and the three of us went to Hartford to see the stage show “Crazy with the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Middle of March, 1941

Babu’s 24th year doesn’t start off so good.  Or, another way to look at it is that it actually started off with a bang.  😉 The Beginning of March, 1941 Wednesday, March 12th, 1941 It was hard for Ernie and me to get up.  We resigned ourselves to the bus but Peaches took us to…

The Beginning of March, 1941

Hello everyone.  This is my first post since the whole social distancing “quarantine” has happened and I surprisingly haven’t had much time to write.  But it certainly has been a time for reflecting. My thoughts and good vibes go out to anyone whose age or underlying conditions make the virus much more of a deadly…

February 15th? 16th?, 1941

For a moment I thought I had found the pictures for the Vaentines day dance of 1941, but I had not.  These are clearly the pictures for Zosh’s 22nd birthday and here is the passage from that day: Saturday, February 15th, 1941 Had a headache this morning from lack of sleep.  In the office the…