I’m posting this from Heathrow Airport in London, caught in a chain-reaction flight delay—the perfect time to try and get caught up with posts. I don’t have the letter with me to photograph, but at least I had the transcription, and found this cool 1910 header photo from the Ontario archives.
You would think hitting blog schedules would be easier now that I’m not working for the man, but it’s quite the opposite. I once again missed the Letters to Charlie post—not just one letter, but TWO. This one, and the next that landed on March 20th. To make up for my negligence, here’s a picture of my favorite Winslow feral kitten, Babbitt.
Okay. Now that we’ve all said, Awwwww! Let’s get to…
This is a particularly interesting one from Dora, full of people and places and a couple of things that made me
Let’s start with the anonymous postcard. She speculates it’s from John. Don’t you wonder what it says?? If you go back to Letter #7, John basically said Dora was too good to be wasting her time with Charlie. Clearly his opinion didn’t make much impact, considering her ongoing Charlie obsession.
She mentions a farewell visit to the newly remodled office and later says something about him being offended about not being told in person she’s going to St. Johnsbury. She also talks about her brother (either Alvah or Frank) coming home to work for the pharmacy and how they’ll have a good time together if only she can work. She also talks about going to Benton again. So here’s my theory: She is still too sick to return full-time to work as an operator. Speculating of course,but…
Another thing that struck me in this letter is her mention of age. She says, “Miss Mace is about seventeen I guess, just a little older than you.” But Charlie is eighteen, will turn nineteen in 1910. Is Dora still stuck on Charlie being the young boy she first started corresponding with? Weird.
And the delay goes on…
The next letter, which came on March 20th, will have to wait a bit, just as I am waiting now… in the airport. Our flight out of Phoenix was two hours late, which caused us to miss our London connection in Dallas, along with our connection to our final destination.
So where are we going?
PRAGUE! For two weeks, thanks to my hubby, who received the Harley-Davidson recognition trip for a stellar year at the dealership. I’m super proud of him. Many thanks as well to the owner for her generosity.
Since we’re going to be cruising around we decided to travel light, so I didn’t bring my DSLR. I’m sure I’ll get frustrated with only cell phone pictures, but it’s a great way to let go of photo obsessing and simply experience and enjoy—something we’re excited to do. If we ever get there…
Talk to ya when I get back…
UP TO SPEED WITH THE LETTERS
New to the Letters to Charlie series? Here are links to the preceding letters to catch up:
- The Idea Forms – January 1, 2018
- One– August 25, 1907
- Two – June 21, 1908
- Three – July 8, 1908
- Four and Five – August 28,
1908and February 5, 1909
- Six – April 20, 1909
- Seven – May 9, 1909
- Eight – June 1, 1909
- Nine – June 30, 1909
- Ten – July 11, 1909
- Eleven – July 13, 1909
- Twelve – July 18, 1909
- Thirteen – July 24, 1909
- Fourteen – August 3, 1909
- Fifteen – August 18, 1909
- Sixteen – December 13, 1909
- Seventeen – January 25, 1910