Yesterday afternoon, the post brought two letters from you at once. The excitement was accordingly triple or quadruple so great. You wrote the first letter while you were still in B. last Tuesday night. In that letter you said you were with us in thought, and in reality it was so. We listened to a nice scene that took place in a bunker in Russia on the radio and spoke of you. Then Franz said, let’s tune out all other thoughts and think only of Josef--he must be able to feel that and is surely thinking of us as well, and now confirmation of this has reached me through your letter.
You wrote the second letter from Paris already. Hopefully there you will experience the complete healing of your illness. It is distressing that you have lost so much weight, but if all goes well, you will gain it all back soon. What do they actually give you during the day to eat? Do you have to lie down all the time or are you allowed to be up sometimes too? Do you have nice comrades in your room?
With regard to money, I’ll ask at the post office how I can send it to you. Of course I’ll send it. You don’t need to worry at all about your aunt. I wrote her last Sunday and yesterday morning I sent her a cake. I can’t go up and see her yet though, we have too much snow and it’s been snowing again continuously since last night and is tossing monstrous amounts of snow in our direction.
We’re doing well. Irmgard sends you the promised picture with many heartfelt greetings. Elfriede wishes that you will come home to her very soon. Brigitte has been walking without holding on to anything since yesterday and is mighty pleased with herself for it. Now of course she can get herself into every nook and cranny she can find.
My dear Josef, last week I went to the tax office. During the war, they’re not sending out any yearly bills. I’m taking the tax card in, and we’ll do it then with regard to that. I’ll have to drop by again about the discount, but not until mid-May. I asked the clerk (Kleemann) about it and he said he thinks it will end up being about the same as last year, but he wasn’t totally sure if a discount would be available at all this year to anyone.
Since I’ve been sitting here and writing to you, my love, Brigitte has been running back and forth from the couch to the desk and calling out “Mamam” every time. She’s wearing the little Wauwau dress that Elfriede was wearing six months ago since she’s gotten so big. I have to treat Elfriede this week for worms--I found something on her. She’s already on her seventh round of cod liver oil, which is the last one--I can only get it now with a prescription from the doctor.
Now you know the most important things going on here, so you know you don’t need to worry. Just get yourself better and don’t think about anything else other than your health and that you will come home to us very soon.
I greet you and kiss you with these wishes in mind many times in faithfulness and love,
Your Emilie and children
Greetings and kisses from your Irmgard and Brigitte
Come home to your Elfried, dear Papa!
My dear Josef, I too may send you many greetings with the wishes that you get better in Paris and come back to your darlings at home safe and sound, Your friend Franz