Monday, July 19, 1943
The lost letters surely told the story but somehow Abe got transferred south to a hospital near Carbondale, Illinois. My parents-to-be were now well off the beaten path in the Midwest and even farther from the familiar life and comforts of the urban East Coast. Well into her third trimester, Lois had to start from scratch with a new obstetrician and become familiar with a new hospital, the one in Carbondale. But she was still lucky, for she would be able to give birth in a hospital with doctors and nurses and sterile equipment. Carbondale itself was a small town that grew up around mines that produced soft coal. But fires had ignited underground and were still burning when Lois and Abe arrived. Spoiler alert: when I visited Carbondale in the 1960’s. was still a small town with one main street. It hardly seemed to have changed from the 1940’s but is quite a different place today.
(L’il Daniel or L’il Susie, have you guessed?)