Friday, January 6, 2017

Lock of Hair

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Monday 14 May 1945, 7:00 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Monday and thus begins another week of work. I was a busy little bee all morning and though I received seven letters in the morning mail, it was noon before I got a chance to read any of it. Now here goes.
     Thanks for the lock of Norma's hair. I sure had a funny feeling when I held it between my fingers. Now I have it next to Norma in one of the framed photos of her.
     I don't care if our name was out of the United Jewish Appeal booklet but I'd check and find out if the money was ever credited to us or even received.
     I haven't gotten a B'nai B'rith Bulletin in a long while but everything except air mail is very undependable. I'll get my back copies one of these days. I suppose they are being sent.
     "Roughly Speaking" followed the book very closely because the author also wrote the scenario and helped in directing the picture. Let me know what you find out about the authoress.
     So you don't like teaching problem boys? Well I don't blame you. One of these days you'll have another problem boy on your hands and is he going to raise hell, wow. Hope you won't mind too much. Or will you keep me after school to catch up on my homework? Well I really won't mind.
     Linda's drawing and writing is very good. I'm glad that she is doing so well in school.
     That "masterpiece," "He grabbed me by..." is making the rounds and gets a chuckle from everyone.
     Don't you worry about prosperity after the war. Naturally there'll be an adjustment period of depression but that'll be all over by the time I'm released and I'll get some of the gravy.
     I do hope something works out for you and the kiddies of Lake Arrowhead with the Siegers. Yes, that place holds many wonderful memories for us and we'll have many more wonderful days together there. That is a promise.
     Well Sweet, that winds up our visit for tonight. Remember what we used to do when we got through visiting? All right then, let's turn out the light and go to bed and I didn't say sleep.
     Goodnight Darling, I'll have to quit dreaming now and sign off.

Loving you always,
Gil
P.S. The movie tonight is "Grizzly's Millions." Hope it's good.
Gil


Another lock of Norma's hair