Ella seems to be getting Opa's letters in a more timely matter now. This is good- and it seems he is writing fairly often too. Good job, Opa! It sounds like Opa called his mother out on her over-doting and worry about his precious head in the harvest heat. She acts like she has no idea what he is talking about. I love that she does transition that into a sincere compliment that she believes in him and his goodness.
I'm not exactly sure how Ella is sending Opa books. She didn't have much money to spare and she's talking about sending him an encyclopedia. I don't remember those sets being cheap... so maybe this is more like our discount prices. It's too bad Opa didn't get the Rilke book. I know that Opa mentioned that he and his family spoke in code sometimes about matters that they did not want the German censors to catch. Maybe this book business is really about something else.
Still no word from August- and Ella is extremely worried about him. She really cares about him. I don't know how to say this without it sounding mushy - but she is just such a genuinely kind, good, pure soul. She cares so much. I want to hug her. I want to write to her. I want to tell her my hopes and dreams. I want her to critique my picture poses and then tell me how proud she is of me. I wish I was able to meet her and have a connection to her beyond these letters. She is so maternal- it makes me feel... like a daughter? What is it called when you can feel like a child again? There should be a word for that. Beyond "childlike"- the act of being enveloped in maternal love. I'm going to come up with a word... enchildened. Yep- that's my new word. Ella makes me feel enchildened. It's a cross between enchanted, child, and enveloped.
All she wants is to know this: "when will I be with all of you again?" I want to reach across time and hold her hand that writes these letters and tell her that her voice is still with us.