Monday, August 10, 2015

1953: I've got mail.

From a letter my dad wrote to me when I was 10. It was the summer after my mom died, and I was staying with our cousin Peggy in Monterey, Massachusetts, while he was home in Queens. I think this first part of the letter is so funny. His mother (my grandmother "Lucky") had been an opera singer, and one of her favorite songs was the Joyce Kilmer poem set to music.

Dear Susie, Mother and I got home Saturday at 12:30 p.m. We had a lovely trip, all except Mother and her "Trees." "Only God can make a tree."  And then to make matters worse, she began to sing about the trees. I was praying for the time we'd reach the parkway where trees were not so numerous.

5 comments:

Julia said...

What a sweet memory from your dad and grandmother. A bit hilarious but sweet just the same.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day Susan.
Hugs,
JB

Susan said...

Thanks, Julia! I found a letter from her too, plus more from my dad when I was away at boarding school after my mom died. Treasures!

crystal said...

Susie :) You and your Dad must have had a great relationship! One of my cousins is a Susan and they called her SusieQ.

Indigo Bunting said...

That's hilarious.

Susan said...

Yup, my dad and I had a great relationship. He died a week before my 50th birthday, and I miss him still.

I wish I had all the letters he wrote to me at boarding school. I was there two years, and he wrote faithfully.