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Going Out in the Carriage

Posted by on April 23, 2014

March 29, 1943.  A letter to Dad from Anna. She lets Dad know that she received the negatives back from him of the pictures of the baby and will have them sent to New York for processing. She tells Dad to expect to see the pictures in about 2 weeks.

She says that she was hoping to get the baby to the photographer’s studio for a sitting the day before (Sunday) but that it never happened “because Eddie went to Pittsfield for some wrecked car that was stolen and had to be towed back to Troy. In the afternoon he came home about 1:30 and ate his dinner.  I had to wash dishes and feed the baby who took and a half hour to eat because she felt like playing. When I really finished it was 3:00 P.M.” She notes that by the time she got ready and got the baby dressed it would have been too late.

She said that when mama got home from church her and Anna took Theresa-Marie for a walk. Anna says, “She doesn’t cry anymore when we dress her up. We always say Bye-Bye and she already knows what that means.” The baby is also starting to sit up on her own. “Yesterday mama sat her up on the bed and she did her hardest to sit up and she did. Mama put her petticoat, dress sweater and coat on, and she was smiling something terrific. She even didn’t mind the hat when we put it on. She already understands that she is going out in the carriage.”

Anna says that she will be sending the stamps that Dad asked for and suggests that he shouldn’t worry if the letters he sends home weigh over an ounce. “If they do we can pay for them”, she tells him. “Besides the government gives you free mail and ¼ or ½ of an ounce isn’t so heavy that they will notice. Some of the letters that Stanley sent us home weighed more than 2 ounces and the mailman never said that we had to pay extra.”

In the final paragraph of the letter she updates Dad on his parents’ various medical concerns. “Daddy’s jaw is OK now. Mama will be getting a few teeth pulled out when she feels better. If you possibly can, pray for mama’s health. The big fall that she got during the winter shook her an awful lot and as a result she is always ailing. Don’t mention this in your letters, because she wants you boys not to worry so that you can come home and see her again. That is her utmost wish now – to see you both and that is what she lives for.”

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