November 19 and 22, 1943. Two letters to Dad from his Sister back home in Albany. There is not much news from home. The weather continues its autumnal pattern. It looks they got their last few days of warm weather before getting hit with a big snow storm. Eddie went hunting again, there was a visit to Eddie’s family and, of course, there is more about the baby’s antics.
On the 19th Anna writes, “…the weather again has gotten hot…and with the furnace going it is quite hot in the house. On top of that daddy put in the storm windows yesterday because it had been cold the whole week and I thought that winter has come for sure but boy the weather sure changes quick like around Albany”
As it turns out, they were just getting a short reprieve from the cold. By the letter of the 22nd they were getting hit by what Anna calls “the worst and first snowstorm of the year.” It started with rain at midnight on the 21st. By the next morning, “it was snowing and it has snowed all day at a steady pace and we have about five inches of snow. It is now nine at night and it is still snowing full speed ahead.” Anna writes that at about seven she got out to shovel the walk. “It felt good to be out and in the snow. It has been an awful long time since I was out in the snow enjoying it.” Anna continues, “I don’t know what other people think but I love snow and I always did. Everything looks so pretty when it snows. …you should see the yard and all the trees – it all looks like fairy land. Terry happened to look out through the window and she saw that it was snowing and she kept on staring out the window with such an amazed look. If she was only bigger and could walk she could go out and play in the snow.” It’s a good thing that Anna likes snow. By the time it would stop falling the next day they would have thirteen inches of the white stuff on the ground.
Anna writes that Eddie went hunting again. “… he came home with nothing. I wonder why he never gets discouraged. If I went so many times and didn’t get anything I would after a while lose all interest in the matter. In his case it is otherwise. If he doesn’t get anything one time he gets more zeal for the next time.” As much as Anna enjoys it when Eddie comes home with something and they have meat without using ration points, Eddie’s hunting is putting a strain on her. “He always has that same old excuse that he works so hard all week and needs relaxation but he forgets that he is a married man and should stay with the family. He don’t drink and squander his money but there is always some way of being annoying.”
Anna reports that they made another visit to Eddie’s family with the baby. The visit was running late, so they put the baby down to sleep in one of the twin beds. Anna writes that when it was time to go home, “I went to look for her [the baby] and there was little Terry under the covers with her little head sticking out and in her little hands she was clutching a big red apple which she kept nibbling on. She looked so cute and funny and when everybody came to look at her she felt great and smiled so hard. Boy when she got home she went to sleep fast.”
Anna also writes that the baby is starting to get tired of being put in her playpen.” When she sees that I’m carrying her to it she yells like the dickens. When you set her on the floor by it and she can walk around it that’s okay but no dice when you stick her inside of it…”
The baby is starting to push back when disciplined, too. “… when she does something that she shouldn’t have and she gets slapped on her little paws and she sees that you mean business she starts fighting right back. Mama hit her one time and she came to mama and stood in front of her and started to slap mama with her little hands and when she got finished she walked away and then mama slapped her again and she came back and gave it back to mama. It was so funny but we didn’t dare laugh because then she would think that we were playing with her.”
In other notes form her letter:
- Anna is having difficulty finding a ribbon for her typewriter and asks if Dad can find one for her in Topeka. She also asks if Dad can find collar stays for Eddie’s shirts.
- Anna encloses a newspaper clipping with a picture of one of Dad’s high school classmates, Anna Baldowski, who is in the SPARS, which is the U.S. Coast Guard’s women’s reserve.