All My Sons – a letter from Lydia

Frank & Lydia’s House
Main Street
Small Town
Ohio

August 1947

Dear Anne, 

How are you? It’s been so long since I last saw you and so much has changed since you left. 

Frank and I are doing well, he’s always got his head buried in his astrology books and to be honest, I don’t really understand what he’s talking about most of the time, but he seems happy enough. He’s spending a lot of time with Kate these days, they always seem to have their heads together over something. It’s good that she has Frank and Chris around, to take her mind off things. 

The boys are getting big now, even the youngest Tom in the picture! Having three of them running around the house drives me crazy sometimes, but I wouldn’t be without them. They brighten up the place and I can’t believe how much they’ve grown. Frank wants more but I think three is more than enough! 

I’m still making clothes, I’m starting to get pretty good. I’ve made a lovely hat for Kate, I know she’s going to love it. Nowhere near as fancy as your New York clothes though, I’m sure! 

You should see the poplars in your old garden, they’re getting really big! The Bayliss’ who moved into your old house are nice, they’re from out of town but they have settled in well. It’s not the same as having you all here though. I miss the old days. How are your parents? And Georgie? I hear he’s a lawyer these days. He always was the smart one. Tell him I asked after him. 

Anyway, the boys will be wanting their dinner and Bert is angling for an invite too, so I better go! You should come visit soon, I miss you Annie! 

Lots of Love

Lydia

xxx