Vi at the Office

I’m not going to lie, some of the end of the alphabet gets hard.  I chose to write about Vi, a girl who works with Babu at the office, because, well, it fits, and because I am always drawn to the background characters.  Sometimes they become more important and maybe Vi will.  Babu writes: Monday,…

Update

I couldn’t believe it. I was looking at pictures from 1936, 37, 38, and I kept saying “I remember this day!”  And the clearly organized notes on the back of most of the images verified it was true.  I had read about, transcribed, and wrote about the days these images captured, in some ways better…

Toto’s Zeppelin and Typewriters

Twice in June of 1938 Babu talks about going to Toto’s Zeppelin.  Not surprisingly, I was a little confused. Friday, June 17th, 1938 Everything went beautifully tonight when I dressed.  Johnny sent beautiful flowers both for my hair and dress.  Gabbie invited us to her home for a cocktail party but we all were rather…

Rumble Seat

I don’t know what is so adorable about reading about her sitting in the rumble seat of some friend’s car. NOTE:  Neither of the above pictures are Babu’s.  I found them on Pinterest.  A whole board of rumble seat images!  Oh my!  I haven’t found one of Babu in the rumble yet, but I might….

Quid Pro Quo

It’s only fair… I ran across an awesome, and awesomely brave, blog the other day: if destroyed still true This writer posts her own diary pages, from when she was young!  I didn’t think I’d be brave enough.  I thought maybe I should just dig them out and burn them. But then I got to…

Patches and Dan

“That’s Patches!”  I said and pointed at a black and white, 80 year old brittle photograph. “And that’s Dan!”  I said pointing at another. My husband was incredulous.  How did I know the names of horses in these photographs?  Then when I exclaimed that I remember the day when she bought those pants read the…

Off Topic (Only Kind Of)

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.  ~  Audrey Hepburn I plant my gardens because I also believe in yesterday. There is something I love to write about, have to write about, especially this time of year.  My garden!  Although, I like to think of it as our garden.  You would think that…

No Job, The Navy, and Another Night, Another Dance

Another night, another dance.  What a tough life she has! Saturday, May 7th, 1938 Another night, Another dance.  Oh my days!  Even tried out for the May Queen with Depathy.  Of course I didn’t get it.  Only John Lech was missing tonight.  Oh yes and not.  I got a craving for an apple and we…

May, 1938

Her parents celebrate their 21st anniversary.  She continues rehearsals and they are a part of her reason for lack of sleep that threatens to cause a break down. I know I’m due for a break down soon with this need for sleep. The other reasons for her need for sleep? And another Bay Path memory! …

Kwolek

Emily Kwolek is Babu’s actual name.  Well, that’s her maiden name and it hasn’t been that for about seventy five years.  Kwolek is her father’s name.  I always refer to him as Dziadziu.  When my husband and his sisters were young, their great grandparents were still around.  Her parents were already called the Polish words…

Meet the Joneses!

Weekend in Vermont with her friend Ernie was something Babu would never forget.  I wrote about these passages a few days ago: Saturday, April 23rd, 1938 Ernie and I boarded the 12:40 train and got into Bellow’s Falls at three.  We and Mrs. Jones went to the sports show.  Harland and Chet came up in…