Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Family Dynamics

To Master Lester W. Hall and Mrs. H.C. B. Hall, Corwen, West Virginia.
Dated March 15, 1911

Dear Lester
You tell mama and Aunt they need not expect a letter from me this week. Everyone is getting along all right. Now that this is a sunshiny day you can be out; as you are getting over whooping cough. Of course you are helping make garden and other things that are to be done. Good Bye. Grandma.

Gee, can you say passive-aggressive? Addressed to the grandchild, grandchild asked to be messenger…. What kind of family fight is implied for grandma to write everyone is getting along all right. Is grandma indirectly writing to her daughter or to her daughter-in-law? Either implies some interesting family dynamics. What unconscious message is being sent by grandma with this postcard? A pretty pink rose on a gold background, but note the poetry: “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may/ Old time is still a-flying;/ And this same flower that smiles today,/Tomorrow will be dying."

Oh I wish at times I could write like Muse Swings and come up with a great backstory.


1 comment:

Beth Niquette said...

Lester was my grandfather's name! I loved this postcard--thank you so much for sharing!


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