Page 2 5/12/46
Dear Dan and Ced:
Page 1 of my letter was written with carbons that I might send to various members of the family to keep them up to date. It will go to Aunt Elsie, Aunt Anne, Aunt Helen, Aunt Dorothy, Uncle Kemper, as well as to both of you. Page 2 herewith is a bit more private and personal.
Of course, Dan, I am delighted with the idea of a granddaughter. You know it is possible to frame up some very good reasons both for and against the first child being a son or a daughter. I already have two grandsons as you may have heard, so as far as I personally am concerned, little Danielle is just right. I like the name to. So, too, does everyone else here who have expressed themselves on the subject. There is only one fly in the ointment. You have guessed it. I want my son and daughter and new grandchild home, and the next big event in my life will be the day they come back to their Trumbull home. Can you give me any idea now when that date will be? In spite of numerous requests I have not even been informed how long your contract lasts, whether it was made for six months or a year, and if the former, what the status is now. You wrote me before signing up what it might be but no details of what was actually agreed upon. However, I am in no mood to be critical tonight, just a proud and happy grandfather — to full in fact, for utterance.
You will be interested to know that Pete Linsley and Barbara (Plumb) are engaged. If they can obtain building materials they expect to build their own home on the Plumb property toward the road from the tennis court. The date has tentatively been set for the wedding Aug. 31st.
A bit of sad news. Norman Shadick, seamen first-class, 18, died May 2nd at a Kansas hospital as a result of internal injuries when he fell from a fire engine while on his way to a fire at the Naval Air Station where he was stationed. The funeral was held Tuesday at Trumbull Church.
Lad has completed his first week with Borck and Stevens, where he is temporarily employed as a mechanic keeping their trucks in running order. This is preliminary to a bigger job there after a period of probation and until he decides what school or college, if any, he will attend in the fall. Meantime he, like Dan, is looking forward to being a proud father. Very wisely they, neither of them, have set their minds definitely on hoping for a boy or a girl, but will be satisfied with whatever transpires. Even twins would not disturb their equilibrium. (Little did he know !)
Butch and Marty
Elizabeth and Zeke have just finished repainting and redecorating their house inside. Butch and Marty grow apace. Dick is still trying to find a school that gives the sort of course he is interested in taking and that is not too crowded to take on any more vets. Up to present writing, a Rhode Island school seems to be the best possibility. Aunt Betty keeps remarkably well, and in spite of the growing mouths to feed, she still keeps up her end manfully.
Ced sort of gets crowded out of the news with all these other events stepping on each other’s heels, but we love him just the same, even though (as far as I know) he is not presenting me with any grandchildren. Maybe he’ll whelp a plane, who knows?
Thus passes another important event in the annals of the Guion family. Today is Mother’s Day, and I cannot but think how, if she were here now, she would be thrilled at the thought of a granddaughter as well as having all her sons safe and sound after four years of war.
Tomorrow, a letter addressed to Ced alone, which fills in some information regarding a cable from Paris announcing the birth of Grandpa’s first granddaughter, Chiche’s first letter to Grandpa, , in English, and Dave’s homecoming.