When I first read this letter I debated whether or not to share it just because it’s so weird. But then I thought, mom was 14 at the time this letter was mailed and teenagers are weird. Probably much as she loved getting letters from family and neighbours about the goings on at home and in the community, she would have appreciated the normal day-to-day weirdness that only teens bring. In fact, I could see my daughter and her teen cousin writing each other a letter like this. While the name may make you think otherwise, this wasn’t mom’s sister (handwriting is totally different, aside from the fact I can’t see my aunt having sent this letter – it must be a friend of mom’s).
Because this seems to be a silly kind of day, I am including a silly kind of photo that I found. It has nothing to do with this letter, but was mixed in with the box of cards and letters.
Can’t Remember the Date
(envelope says Jan 31 1954 – and is sent to mom at the Jr. Red Cross Hospital)
I sat down before the typewriter to write you this letter. Pardon the ball point pen.
I don’t live where I used to live because I moved to where I am now. When you come to see us ask anybody where I live because nobody knows.
I am sorry we are so far together. I wish were closer apart.
My aunt Hazel died and is doing nicely. I hope you are the same.
Shirley has the mumps and is having a swell time. She is at death’s door and the doctor is trying to pull her through.
We are having more weather this year than we had last.
I have sent your coat by express. I cut the buttons off to make it lighter. If you want them they are in the pockets.
I started to Neverville to see Lloyd’s and I saw a sign that said “This will take you to Neverville” I got on as it said and I sat there for two hours. It never moved an inch.
If you don’t get this letter let me know and I’ll send it to you.
_____’s baby swallowed some pins but they fed it a pincushion so it’s ok now.
In this letter is a picture but for fear of losing it I’ll take it out. I sure hope you like it.
I forgot to send you the money I owed you but I sealed the envelope before I remembered.
When you answer this letter please write slow as I can’t read fast. Also don’t send a night letter for I go to a day school.