My darling sparrow!
The first Sunday that you are not among us is drawing to a close. I just put our little clover leaf to bed and thank goodness have a few hours of peace--the only ones out of the entire day. I’d like to give the first of those to you, and imagine that you are sitting next to me at the table and we are discussing what happened today and what tomorrow will bring like we’ve done so many times before.
First, my innermost thanks for your thoughtful letter--it let us know that you’re doing well, under the circumstances. Hopefully it remains that way! You’ll have to just get used to your new way of life, since military barracks aren’t exactly common around here! Bist auch schon zum Tor hinaus gekommen? What kind of formation have they divided you into? Please write me all of this as soon as you can.
The children are all doing well. They are all cheerful, ravenous, and cheeky. When your letter arrived, I gave it to Irmgard, Elfried got the envelope, and they each marched around the table with their parts, kissing them every now and then and saying: “From my father, now he’s getting many kisses for it!” To honor you, they’ve sung the Barracks-Lantern Song for the past two nights before bed. Every day I take a walk with them, even if it’s only for a half an hour.
Brigitte is darling as well. Every day we gain so much happiness from her. She likes the sledding, she always sits nice and tight in there and has such a great view of everything going on around her. Winter should come to an end soon, and we’ve certainly all had quite enough of it. My love, in response to your wishes I’m enclosing a few pictures of the children. Unfortunately I don’t have any more, but you know that yourself. Early this year we wanted to have one of all three of them taken, and now I’ll make sure it happens of course. Next time I go into town I’ll just ask if they are still doing pictures at the moment.
I’m enclosing the Geh. loan from the Chief Court Cashier, you can send it back whenever you get a chance and I’ll put it in the file with the others. I already wrote you that I was at the land registry. The notary sends his greetings. By the way, an answer came back from the health insurance company--it will be handled exactly how you suggested. The child support department of the collections office sent an inquiry about the questionnaire. I answered that from your end, our response had been sent back to them long ago, along with the request that the money be paid to the account numbered 16517 at the City Bank in your name. We also renewed your two lottery cards.
I saw O. Gr. L. Klein yesterday. He asked me for your address so that he could send you the magazine “Das Reich” every week. I told him that you would be delighted, since you’ve always had a certain weakness for that magazine. When I told him that Mr. Schaefer from our Orbgr. is with you there, he said that you’ll have a good opportunity to study the Bible while you’re there.
Dearest Papa, the small requests that you mentioned will be fulfilled in the next few days--I just have to find out how much a package is allowed to weigh.
Until then, I send you much love and many kisses
Your Emilie and children