Monday, January 3, 2011

from Phyllis Goldschmid, 19 June 1944


Dear Murray, 

We were surely glad to get your letter and learn that you are safely wherever you are and that your life is not too disagreeable there. As a matter of fact we envy you the good library and the time to read. And your hutmates sound quite glamorous for the place, but I’m afraid that’s not the word to describe such a band although they sound at least like characters in a Gilbert and Sullivan opera.

We have been wondering whether your feet get cold where you are and if you have socks warm enough. At any rate I just learned to knit and I’m sending you the first pair. Of course they are purple and have quite a few critical mistakes, but I’m sure that with a little real effort you’ll be able to get them on and shape them to your size twelves. Incidentally, my pattern was a forlorn pair of army socks found behind a chest in the upstairs bedroom just a few months ago. How they got there I don’t know….but I finally identified them as yours by the hole in the heel. I took them to the USO one night and darned them but you must try to remember that I never darn Otto’s socks and that I think it’s much easier to knit a pair than darn them in that shape…and I do really.

We were surely happy to have Rosa and Carmen down. I’m awfully glad Carmen can be in Seattle with Rosa for she (Carmen) is surely a wonderful girl and good company for her (Rosa) who is a wonderful girl too I might add. We tried to sell them the idea of working in Shelton where life is so much nicer than in Seattle but I’m afraid they are settled.  At any rate we are counting on them to visit us often. 

Do you hear the Norman Corwin program there? They are working thru a trilogy on Americana literature and last night broadcast parts of Thomas Woolf. It was really very nice. Incidentally, I hope you heard Fred Allen when he had Norman Corwin as a guest star and presented on of his famous dramas with Corwin sound effects. I haven’t read any of Woolf’s works…I was scared away by his reputation of ponderosity, but I may take a stab at it now.

We saw our first movie in months, “Lady in the Dark” because Otto likes Ginger Rogers and I like movies. We then came home to delve into Freud and have lived in a horrible state of psychoanalysis ever since…in which every mistake has some devious subconscious meaning. We have actually had very little luck however in resolving our neuroses because I can’t remember my dreams and Otto claims to have none. Perhaps we just don’t have any neuroses. The study is extremely interesting however, and we would be delighted to quote reasonable rates to our friends for complete analysis.

We had a wonderful day yesterday. Otto got his first sailing in since Europe. I think you met the Waltons here.…those two nice giants. Their boat is a dandy and the wind was perfect. Otto was in his glory.

We hear thru the grapevine that Camilla is coming along well and will probably be thru with casts and braces before too long. We are indeed happy for her. 

We are thanking you for the job you did in pulling our potatoes last year for you missed a few and they are producing now. We will be happy to send you a bushel if you’d like.
We’ll send the socks right away whenever I can get some fudge think enough to hold its shape even where it’s cold. This atmosphere is very bad for fudge making. If the socks aren’t G.I. perhaps you can trade them to the natives.

Yours,
Otto and Phyllis


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