Patti puts forth a contented perspective of her simple life, she is grateful for her in-laws who have helped, she is grateful for where she lives in un-occupied France, and she is grateful that Maurice has not been called up to serve.
Patti's life is one big question right now. Maurice continues to study and prepare for his schooling, while Patti is to wait and see what she can do to make a living. I don't know how long Patti is going to be able to sit around and do nothing. She is eager for more information from her brother, and about her parents. She sends multiple pictures- hoping for some in return.
Patti is in that insufferable time when no one knows what will happen next, and nothing can be done to prepare for it, nothing can be done to affect it, nothing can be done to predict it. She must wait and see when there is a small opening for her to act. How incredibly hard it must be for her to have life happen to her, beyond her control. She had plans, dreams, visions, and all of it is on hold, interrupted, and postponed until further notice by the war.