Finally, after many agonizing days of waiting, a sign of life from you arrived. Suddenly the world looks different, in spite of the snow flurries and the fact that it’s twenty degrees outside. I’m happy that at least the weather isn’t cold where you are--that should make the exercises easier in some respects. Actually, I’m almost jealous of you because of the warm climate you have there since I’m always frozen to the bone here and now more than usual. But I can escape into the warm house whenever I please, which isn’t possible for you, so it’s better this way.
Ein Schwager von frey im Gef. must be with you too, you know they know everything there well before anyone else and talk about it with everyone. He told your comrade Vorneldner two days ago that you all made it to Bourdeaux.
Yesterday Mr. Steinle from downtown came to visit and picked up the rest of the money (10 Marks) for the coal briquetts. In the middle of next week it looks like we’ll get the first eggs. The money you sent (60 Marks) as well as the suitcase with your civilian clothes arrived last week, by the way. When will you get to wear them again? I unpacked them with very mixed feelings.
The large picture of the Fuehrer has been reframed and it hangs over your desk. Franz took care of that.
Irmgard’s ear infection is somewhat better. For three or four days it was leaking pus but now it’s stopped. She just has to take her medicine on time and I’ve been cleaning her ear out with chamomile all the time. You know how sweet-tempered she is about that. All three kids are eating well. The kitchen is still well-stocked. Today the two older ones had apple compote and pancakes for dessert and after that a glass of hot chocolate and a piece of cheese bread. I haven’t forgotten the cod liver oil either. Irmgard still has to lay down around noon, and I usually join her now. Elfriede and Brigitte have been sleeping pretty well, too. It just occured to me that Irmgard and Elfried made me get out of bed to answer their question: If you are in a country where there is chocolate, you should please send them some. They told me that I absolutely had to write that to you and that they would love you even more for it. I asked Elfriede recently if she loved her mother, and she answered “Yes, but my father even more!”
Agathe has a boil on her right pointer finger that’s opened up now. I’ve had to do all of the wet housework for the last eight days. She’s doing a bit better now though.
On Sunday morning at 10:30 the new district leader Wilhelm Maier will hold the first Fuehrer meeting. If I’m not up for it, I won’t go.
The basketry has arrived in Cannstatt and they’ve settled the bill.
My darling sparrow, please write again soon, hopefully just good news!
With many kisses we send you our greetings
Your Emilie and children
March 10, 1942
This morning I got this letter back, but I’d like to send it to you anyway despite its delay.