Trumbull – Dear Subscribers To The Guion Clipping Service (3) – Grandpa’s Comments – May 7, 1944

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Alfred Duryee Guion (Grandpa) typing his weekly letter

And now for the comments.

It’s six o’clock your time again, Lad, and I just sat down again after having a snack and doing my nightly chores such as filling Catherine’s (Catherine Warden, who has been renting the apartment with her husband, Paul, and their children)  oil bottle (I’m doing that for her while Paul is a way), our own oil bottle for the kitchen stove, and now I can settle down to telling you how the whole week has been brightened and the spring weather seems even pleasanter since getting your note. I replied at once without waiting for this weekly confirmation and hope you will be all set by the time this reaches you. I felt so ambitious today that after coming in the house because it started to rain and interrupted my work on taking down the storm windows and putting up the screens, that I made a good start on cleaning up the cellar so everything would be nice and neat when you bring home your blushing bride to the old manse (Man’s). Thank goodness, Ced cleaned up the attic, so we’ll fool Marian into thinking we’re a fairly neat family. Of course, I’ll be anxious to know all details as you learn them, how you will come, when you’ll start and arrive, what you will have awaiting you when you return, etc. Incidentally, I had seen nothing in the papers about the closing of CAMA. Last I knew was when you were in Texas you were training a group with which you expected to be shipped overseas when the work was accomplished. I am glad you both were so kind as to say what you did about my letters. Such words of encouragement help more than you know. Gosh, but it will be good to have you both here, sort of a preview of days to come, when other members of the clan all do the same.

Dan, your conscience reminds me of Mark Twain’s reference to the weather, much talk but no one ever does anything about it. Now I suggest you let up on the wear and tear on your conscience and anticipate its murmuring by literary action. Here I am wondering about you, finally deciding that because of the nearing invasion and following the restrictions recently imposed by the British, you were being forbidden to write home anymore. Nerves are getting a bit frayed along the edges here. In fact it would seem as though you were getting more fun out of it than we are, so much further away. So, have a heart for the next few weeks.

All you have said, Dick, is duly noted, but for obvious reasons I will attempt no answer here.

Your good letter, Dave, old son, certainly earned 100% forgiveness. I have appreciated very much your faithfulness in writing. It’s good to get a letter like this one. I wish the other boys would open up and “spress theirselves”. It helps often, to know what is inside that makes it tick.


Tomorrow, one more letter from Grandpa.

I hope you find these letters as informative and interesting as I do. Perhaps you know someone who might enjoy them. Why not share my Blog? 

Judy Guion


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