Dear Grama

Natural born chatter box

April 25th, 1946

My Darling Nick,
Since seeing that little bit in the paper to-night that I am enclosing to you I have been so excited you would think I had my sailing papers already. You must agree with me darling that although it’s not my sailing papers yet it’s certainly good news, anyway ever since reading it I have felt all funny inside and I feel I must just sit down and write to you. Many thanks darling for the letter I got from you this morning, I hope you are okay darling as this leaves me but loving you and missing you as much as ever of course, more than ever if that’s possible. Doris also rang me up to tell me about the Queen Mary to-night as soon as she read it she said she had also heard that they have reached 32,000, so that’s only another 8000 to go before they reach my number, anyway Doris’ number is 38,000, so as soon as I hear she is going I won’t have long to wait, P.G. Nothing else much happened to-day, I have just come in from work and as Dixie is asleep I let Janey go to the pictures so I am alone here, Mum is in bed again because she doesn’t feel well again and the doctor is supposed to come to-night to see her. Darling please don’t think that anything you write will ever bore me because it never will, just like the song, every letter that you send me I read a dozen times or more, just because you write it darling, sometimes when I start a letter I usually think whatever am I going to find to write about but some how or other the words usually come pouring out, I guess it’s because I’m a natural born chatter box, but I guess you know that by now. I went in about my snaps to-day but they were still not ready so I guess you’ll still have to wait darling to see how I look now but I think I still look the same as when you left me maybe a little thinner, but I don’t think you will find anything missing, gee! This thinking below the belt must be catching aren’t you ashamed of your wifey darling? Still you always did say I would turn into a wolfess didn’t you sweet? Well I guess I’ll have to close now darling as I’m near the end. Good-night darling. God Bless You and pleasant dreams. Good-Luck. Au-revoir. Hope to see you soon. All my love to you forever.
Your ever loving wifey,
I LOVE YOU (in x’s)

April 25th, 2013

Dear Grama,
Oh, your excitement has got me all excited, too! With every letter, I feel as if I’m reading a book that I already know the ending to, yet it’s still so engaging. Your gittyness about the Queen Mary is an accurate one, and as you’ve mentioned in a few letters from last week as well, you seem to have a funny feeling about it and even dreaming about it. I’ll go ahead and say that even 67 years ago, intuition, gut feelings and believing that fate will so graciously work it’s magic…was alive and well. I love those kinds of feelings.
Following your lead, I’m going to go ahead and say that I have a good feeling about my journey on the Queen Mary II. Yes you heard correctly, Grams. I’m setting sail a day after your sailing date on the RMS Queen Mary II. Oh…I know, I know…I’m gushing, too. I have a funny feeling that I’m bound to meet some pretty phenomenal people on the lone voyage across the Atlantic. I arrive at the New York City port and plan to make my way home via train, just as you did.
It’s been a stunningly gorgeous week and I have officially lost track of the days of sunshine. I’m not sure if it’s that, or the countdown I have going, but I am continually having days when I just wish I could bottle up the gratitude. This country is amazing and in springtime it’s even more fabulous. British park culture is in full swing and I am loving it.
When I had my interview on Tuesday at the BBC for CBC, I spent the afternoon in a small park near some offices not far from Oxford Circus. It was so amazing seeing all of the business professionals coming out for lunch break picnics, taking in the sun. Yesterday I was in a more residential park and made friends with a few new moms and their little ones. Today’s meeting was perhaps the best of all…a 93 year old woman who told me all about her thriving theatre career that began in the 30’s. After a wonderful visit, she said it was so nice to be honoured to meet the Canadian gal who’s been all over the news. She had remembered me from my media frenzy back in February. So, needless to say…thank you for the chatterbox gene because the people I’m meeting on this journey within your journey, are beyond incredible.
With a granddaughter’s love & admiration,
ps…you’re so cheeky…you wolfess, you.


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4 thoughts on “Natural born chatter box

  1. Cecile Verheyen says:

    Charmed by your letter today…..meeting that lady must have been a very emotional moment for you Carly….!
    Watching the little movie about the Queen Mary brought souvenirs to me from our trips to the Congo, but the Queen Mary ii is alot more luxuous! You will have a marvellous time on that ship!
    Time is flying…and you have so much to look forward to …you must live in a dream! A wonderful dream who will be reality in a while! You love London so much…maybe you’re gone miss it….!? And I will miss you, for sure!!!
    With love Cecile!

    • Thanks Cecile. Glad my letter brought up some good memories for you. I would love to hear more about your trips to the Congo. Fascinating. Yes, it is quite a luxurious ship. I am one lucky lady & I know it will be the trip of a lifetime. I really am falling in LOVE with London. I will absolutely miss it. xoxo

  2. What’s it like to have your grandmother with you on *your* journey? What is the impact of that connection on the woman you are becoming…in the coming months, and even 67 years from now?

    • Very interesting points, Lisa. I truly believe my grama is with me every step of the way. It really is quite amazing to feel the spirit of her come more and more alive with each letter I read, and every step I take. The impact of the connection is growth. I am learning lessons from her, 67 years later that will be with me forever. We are sharing things that I didn’t even know were possible and I know that by learning these lessons this way, I will have them to pass on to my own family some day. I can already hear my grandkids being curious about my journey…because I will no doubt bring out the scrapbook to show them…often! 🙂 xoxo thanks for asking. Love to you

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