Monthly Archives: December 2016

1944 Scorecard

Sunday, Dec. 31, 1944 No parties or drinking for us. For a while Mommy and I and Grandma and Grandpa listened to (#163) “1944 in Review.” This fall was supposed to mark the defeat of Germany. It didn’t happen that … Continue reading

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Year-end accounting

Saturday, Dec. 30, 1944 Grandma spent some time today with the account books. (She says she actually took accounting courses in Riga when she was a young woman.) And her report is good. Mommy wrote, “The business season wound up … Continue reading

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Feeling hopeful about 1945

Friday, Dec. 29, 1944 Daddy’s first letter from Denver has lifted everyone’s spirits. “Honestly, your letter fairly sparkled with the clear cold air of Denver,” Mommy wrote, “I could almost sniff it the moment I opened the letter. Yes, my … Continue reading

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Lobster bib needed

Thursday, Dec. 28, 1944 A good day all around. A friend invited Mommy to a dinner tonight. And not just any kind of dinner: lobster!! “And so I shall step into my wine dress and hope it still fits – … Continue reading

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Penny Pinching, Belt Tightening

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1944 “I went shopping yesterday for some celery,” Mommy wrote, “ and I was almost crushed to death in the stampede of women for canned goods in the last few hours before rationing was resumed on vegetables … Continue reading

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Daytime Nightmares

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1944 “Your night letter arrived today,” Mommy just wrote. It contained incredible news: Daddy is being sent back to the Denver VA! “Gee, I’m jealous of you. I guess I just miss those 4-day road trips,” she … Continue reading

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1944 Christmas in a Foxhole

Monday, Dec. 25, 1944 “We had a little company today,” Mommy wrote to Daddy. “Uncle Ben came down from Ossining [NY].” He reported that one of Mommy’s cousins is in St. Louis but the other is in France-Germany. “He writes … Continue reading

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