I took a breather after finishing the letters from Korea, and am getting ready to go back to January 1942. I’ll open pages to the public by month and not make you wait for a whole year’s worth, since it may take a long time to go through the hundreds of letters from the 40s.
Yesterday, before moving on, I went back and cleaned up my pronoun references in those opening blurbs that I wrote to summarize the main themes of each letter. I was using he throughout, meaning the author, knowing it sounded odd to begin that way without a prior reference, but assuming you knew I meant the author. It was personally difficult figuring out what to call the author, so I deferred until that section was all done. I finally decided on my father to replace the first he in each blurb, and I hope you agree that it sounds right and clears up any confusion. If you think that was an easy decision, you would be wrong.
It will be easier to write about the WWII letters, calling the author and his sweetheart Walt and Ruth, back in that time when I didn’t exist.
My mother, using the old image-cropping tool of scissors, cut up a bunch of one-of-a-kind photos and made a collage, using some kind of adhesive that no longer holds—that’s kind of a good thing, because they just come apart without tearing the edges of photos under them. One picture at the bottom edge didn’t make it, and I don’t know what it was or when it fell out.
This grouping contains, among others, the only photo I’ve ever seen with me and my father in the same picture, so I’ve decided it’s time to get them all apart and scanned (maybe not those ones of me in the teen years). Then what should I do? Should I put the originals back in this arrangement in a frame? Or should I store them in a photo box? I kind of like things to be used rather than hidden away in boxes, even if it leads to their demise, so I’m leaning toward putting it all back together, once the scanning is done. Maybe I can even find another picture to fill in that empty spot, some embarrassing picture of my brother, for example.
A few of the photos can be seen on the 1951 page, showing some of the people talked about in the letters from Korea.
Someone asked questions today that I should have known the answers to, but I hadn’t thought about them for a while:
The previous link I posted here does not seem to work anymore. Here’s one that does or you can look him up by last name here (http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance.html):
Here’s an interesting documentary film about discovered footage of WWII fliers, specifically about the Spitfire. The film is not about my family, but it resonates with my project of bringing these letters to light, maybe like “the past sending you a message in a bottle,” as the filmmaker says about his discovery.