March 22 1953

Parcel!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sunday 22nd March

Dearest Mummy,

Thank you so much for both your letters which arrived this week –a long one postmarked 9th & an A.M. 16th- and also your parcel which arrived quite safely & quite intact on Thursday. We were just delighted with all the contents – Cec likes the stewed guavas practically as much as I do, and I like the rum practically as much as he does! The latter we haven’t opened yet, but we have had the guavas twice for dessert & there is enough left for a third time- they are yummy! The rum has given our wine cellar (ha! ha!) such a boost that I have just rung up Mrs. Graham and asked her & Quiller in for a drink on Wed. evening – we have been meaning to ever since her farewell party to you but I wanted to have the curtains up for one thing & for another, when I was preggy I didn’t feel I had the strength to cope with Mrs. G. for a whole evening! We have asked Phyl & Alec Douglas to come too, to help us out! Poor Phyl has been so worried- her little Andy has had just the same kind of ‘flu bug as Charlie had- sicking up all his bottles etc. He seems to be over the worst now, but it was exactly the same.

To go back to your parcel – Lindy just loves her baskets & so do we! They are so sweet & she wants them down to play with all the time. She calls them her “backus” & particularly loves “the tiny wan”. Cec put a marble in it for her & this was a lot of fun. 

Yesterday & today have been heavenly spring days & Lindy has had a lovely time. We went out & had swings this afternoon & played with the ball – & it was such fun not to have to put on her big rubber boots & for her to be able to run about. Her talking is going ahead by leaps & strides – she said to Cec last week “Lindy want to read the book”! & firmly climbed on his knee with the book in question! Also when I told her to get her baby she said “Mummy get it!” Knows her own mind! One or two words she turns around- doctor is “codder”- doggie is “goddie” & talking is “kalting”! When we hear Charlie cooing & squeaking she says “Charlie kalting” which sounds just like “courting”! Her wt. & height on Feb. 18th were 23 lbs. 1 oz. & 32”- Charlie’s was 10 lbs. 4 oz. & 21 5/8”, but we weighed him today & he is now 12 lbs. 3 oz. He’s just 3 months & at 2 mos. Lindy was 9 lbs 15 1/2 oz. & 22 3/4” tall and at 4 months 12 lbs. 6 oz. & 24 1/4”, so it looks as if he is fatter, but not so tall. Lindy doesn’t seem very tall now – she is cute & little, but certainly her dresses seem short enough!

Margie has another boy!!! He was born on Monday last, was 8 lbs. 9 oz. & is to be called Peter George! I went over & stayed with the boys on Mon. evening when Cy went to the Hospital & I asked them to dinner on Sat. but Cy said he had the house to clean so they didn’t come. Margie & the baby were coming home today- both fine, but the baby reacted to the silver nitrate drops they put in their eyes at birth so they had a little trouble. This week has been a kind of horrid week. Cec has been back to the Lab. every night till all hours as he is giving a paper to the Physics Group on Tues. & also some Japanese scientists have written to him about some work they are doing based on a paper Cec published in A.A. so he is checking that for them. It has meant more work for me too, as I haven’t had my mid-night baby feeder here & had to do it myself & then 6 a.m. comes very quickly! Another event this week was Dan’s birthday party, but that requires a whole letter to itself- more anon! Must stop- thank you again for our lovely parcel – don’t bother about a b. parcel for me, you send us lots of things. XXX from Lindy & Charlie & lots of love from us all – Cyn.

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