The Tension (Gladys)

Letter transcription:

Kentland Ind.
Sept. 24 – 1943

Dear Daddy –

Yours of Sept. 13 came today. You said you wanted to know something about me – well I weigh 100 ever. I broke my glasses, or rather David did and I am going without them just to see if I can. So far no bad results but I may get a headache and have to have an eye exam & get new lenses. My hands got over the bad attack and pealed off and now are sore in spots again, but more of a weather irritation this time. Pauline has been doing all the soap & water work & hanging up clothes to keep me from exposing my hands but they will get sore when the weather turns cool in spite of precautions. Yesterday was a better day for a birthday party than today would have been – However Wed. was warm & we could have entertained in the yard but it was cool enough to stay in the house yesterday after taking pictures. I had been taking shots every month, then I started ahead of time the last three or four times and didn’t get shots so haven’t had Theelin or anything for several months but get along without it. I am going to see Dr. Cole tomorrow. I have been having some indigestion and have so much has all the time I really don’t think it is anything but thought he might give me some suggestions on diet. I really think it is the tension – you know what I mean – Mother so ill – trips to Laf. – etc. Too much hurrying around. I really feel

[page 2] pretty good but think I will have to be careful of my diet! David is getting so he doesn’t wake up so early and I don’t know why, but if I can sleep a little longer in the a.m. I feel better – now maybe if I would go to bed earlier that would help, but seems like my pep always raises in the afternoon and I feel more like doing thing later in the day & that usually runs into the night. When your mother was here she said she like to work in day but not in the evening. I suppose if I got up as early as she does I would be ready to quit by evening.

Mark has gone to the football game – It was raining some & I wasn’t going to allow him to go, but told him he would have to wear rain coat, hat & rubbers and in order to go he agreed. John decided he would rather stay home & practice his music lesson than go out in the rain. I was glad he did because it doesn’t help his allergy any to get cold. He doesn’t cough much anymore. His headaches come & go – Dr. V. said his glasses are correct so I think the headaches must be due to maybe his age. His voice sounds so funny at times when it gets off the “sound track.” He says he doesn’t notice that it’s any different.

It’s about time for Mark to get home – here he is – Kentland won 48 to 12 – Knox lost. He (Mark) is all out of breath telling about it.

David is due for smallpox vaccination but has a little head cold so don’t know whether the Dr. will want to give it to him or not. He acts like he is going to cut more teeth. Still has just 6.

Love Mother

85 Million Americans Hold War Bonds

© 2015 copyright owned and transcribed by Deborah Sweeney
Post originally found:

4 thoughts on “The Tension (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “well I weigh 100 ever.” Should read “even.” WOW…she was tinier than I remember!

    Again, I get blamed. 😦

    “have so much has all the time” should read “have so much gas all the time”

    “now maybe if I would go to bed earlier that would help, but seems like my pep always raises in the afternoon…” These days we say, “Let’s get to be earlier” then there is too much pep at 11:00 or 12:00 and we stay up to 1:00 or 2:00. But there’s no baby to wake us up in the morning!

    “John decided he would rather stay home & practice his music lesson than go out in the rain.” And I can’t image that he REALLY wanted to go to the football game! 🙂

  2. EmilyAnn Frances

    Two things came to me as I read this:
    1. Did they have rubber gloves in 1943? Would Gladys have been able to use them to wash the dishes if they were available? At any point did Gladys see a dermatologist? Sounds like she might have had some allergies that could have been causing the peeling on her hands.

    2. In 1943 there was no awareness of bio-rhythms. Gladys’ day really started in the afternoon in terms of her ability to focus. I feel for her since at that time the “normal” daily routine was regulated by the clock not one’s hours of peak performance.

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I am sure they had some kind of rubber glove at that time but it wouldn’t have been as good as today’s gloves. If my skin is anything my grandmother’s, the rubber gloves would not have mattered. My hands are easily irritated by warm water, detergents, and the cold.


Leave a Reply to Genealogy Lady Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s