Original Letter From Ella to Tom (note the red Nazi censor stamp on the bottom left)
My beloved little-one,
Just as I put this letter into the mailbox, came your letters of December 18th and December 28th and the postcard 1 from Norway. It was a great joy for me. Over and over I read them. And I showed the postcard to everybody! How wide the street is, how modern the houses, how good the road surfaces. Astonishing in such a small town.
I read your letter to Anneken and then sent it to Papa. Yesterday Papa sent me a package, but he has not written for a long time. Hopefully he is feeling well.
Tomorrow I will call Hilde W. When we get together we will send a note to you.
I think it is absolutely hilarious and simultaneously sweet that Ella chastised Opa about his rudeness about one of the families in Kansas. She put it bluntly.... she doesn’t stand for that! I can appreciate it- I’m sure for her she sees that these people are offering hospitality, and she sees no room for Opa to be impolite about them. “You can write to Papa and Patti like that, but not me.”
Oh, and I'm totally going to start saying "squeezing my thumbs" instead of "crossing my fingers."