Edith Speert

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Monday, 11/20/44, 11:20 p.m.


No mail from you today—when I walked into the house & didn’t find mail from you, I felt as if I had walked into a house without furniture. I hope that tomorrow the mailman treats me better.

Well, it “poured & poured” all day today & now it’s slowly turning to snow. Here comes Old Man Winter—nuts to him!!!

I had dinner at Pierre’s (near the school) & started to drive to Superior School for the Assoc. of N. Educ. meeting. When I got there I realized how near I was to your folks’ home plus the fact that I had 35 “minutes to kill,” so I drove over to see the B. Speerts. Everyone is okie dokie & Sanf & I are planning to attend “Tomorrow the Worl[d]”[1] at the playhouse sometime this week.

We have one Jewish child in our school & today his mother, Mrs. Feinsilver, found out I was Jewish in taking about Dr. Epstein. Well, to make a long story short, she was very pleased & hoped of course that I would make Marty my pet. Well, I gave her to understand, but definitely, that such a thing does not exist in our school & then I really told her a few things about Marty, as she has definitely made him a “problem child.” It’s funny how the Jewish person likes to take advantage, or I should say, gets to feel closely akin to another Jewish person!

The discussion tonite at the meeting & the speaker were both good. However, I have heard Miss Allen from Hathaway-Brown speak before on “children’s books & story telling.” Met Miss Kaneff there—still the same old goon! I’m only an associate member until I can present 2 full yrs. of experience--& so, next year, I will become an active member. However, I was one of the youngest members present & for a “really rainy” night they had quite a turnout—about 90 people! Somehow or other we started talking about transportation home & who should be my rider but Mrs. McFerley, Pres. of the group & also, head of Laurel (very private) Nursery School. She lives on Shaker Square So. I got involved helping clean up & wash dish[es] & then I drove her home. She’s a very nice person—rather excusive [sic]—but still, I’d say “nice.” Of course, as you know, the “regular teachers” make more money under Cleve. Bd. of Ed. Then in many of the private nurseries, but yet, P.N. teachers think themselves quite superior in educ. & probably they are—as for school equipment & physical set-up—usually they’re superior. However, [a] p.n. teacher is rather limited in the type of children she works with as they are usually from one class of people. As a whole, this particular group has been organized since abut ’38 & they see a great future in the field.

It’s getting rather late (11:45) but I honestly don’t feel like closing my eyes. I want you near me so very badly, my darling! Two years of married life & I still haven’t gotten “enough of you.” I adore you, sweetheart—you’re all the world & more to me!

Yours forever,


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[1] Starring Fredric March and Agnes Moorehead, Tomorrow the World was a 1944 movie based on the story of Emil, a former Hitler Youth, who went to live with his American uncle who tried to persuade him to reject Nazism.