July 23 – 1943
Dear Daddy –
No letters today but will probably get one or more tomorrow. The latest I have is of July 11. It came the 20th. I told you before I got Jim a leave thru the Red Cross. He called said he would be home Sunday. He & Thelma are going to T. H. then drive up in their car. I really feel it is necessary for him to come home. Mother doesn’t seem to improve much. As I said before, if your Mother were in the condition Mother is in I would go thru the Red Cross to get you a leave. Margaret asked me to go give Bud his 2:30 shot. Then I went to a meeting at Mrs. Ade’s home – I was put in as Vice-President of Cosmopolitan and we had to make out the years program. I just came home. John was to feed D. at 3 but when I came home he said D. wouldn’t eat. I had left pudding and asparagus for his dinner. He will probably he hungry at 7 – his bed time
[page 2] We had the weiner roast last nite and Zells all came over. Mrs. Z. brought ice cream, cookies & baked beans. I furnished wieners, buns, pickles, mustard, cheese and ice tea. They said next time they would furnish the meat. I had Bobby & Jimmy come too. After eating the children played croquet & worked down the food so no one was sick during the night. Bob & Clarice came out while we were still sitting around the furnace talking. Bob had taken care of the call to Jim for me. I gave David his bottle out there then when he began to act sleepy took him upstairs to bed. Bob & Clarice think he is “O.K.” 10 months old today. He hasn’t gained much the last month but I think that is due to his activeness.
The children are out playing croquet now & noisy too so think I’ll have to go out & quiet them.
I have to get to town & buy some meat for our coming company.
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“He will probably he hungry at 7” should read “be”
“worked down the food so no one was sick during the night.” Well, this puzzled me.
“Bob had taken care of the call to June [?] for me.” This is what she wrote: “Bob had taken care of the call to Jim for me” –which is probably a reference to his call to him saying that the Red Cross had granted his leave.
The day described in the letter sounds like such a pleasant summer day–friends, wiener roast, children playing crochet.
I know, doesn’t it? I remember playing many games of croquet on a summer day as a kid.
I love this! First off, the thing I immediately saw as it came up in my reader was “Eat the Children”. That made me laugh! And I needed to laugh…so thank you Gladys for preparing that for me so many years ago! And secondly, I love the “accounting” in old letters. It seems to have gone on with everyone. So and so furnished the meat this time, I will furnish it next time…it’s a written way I suppose of reminding themselves that a turnabout of generosity is due upon the next gathering. Love it!
I am glad you enjoyed it! I can’t tell you how many times the little things in the letters bring a smile to my heart.