Looking through a box of photos today, I came across also a few letters written way back when. One was a letter from my mother to my father on Nov 22, 1955. It was the year after they were married and the year before I was born. She was in Columbus, Ohio with his sister, waiting on the feds in DC to call her up to take her US citizenship test. The Army had just sent him back to Germany. In the letter, she tells him that she is expecting, with a due date of July 9, and she is happy about this. Born May 21, I was seven weeks early, then, not nine weeks as I have always thought. Interesting to read these things all these years later!
I think that I never opened this envelope before because a lot of the correspondence was in German which I do no read well. But this one was in English and I can't believe how good my mother's English already was. Ever the dog lover, she mentions Blackie, the Cocker spaniel that she says "is a lot of company to me right now." She writes a lot about how she cannot wait until they are together again, and sealed the letter with lipstick. : )