[Letter to Clara Breed from Katherine Tasaki, Poston, Arizona, December 27, 1944]
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December 27, 1944
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Katherine Tasaki to Clara Breed.
12/27-44 / Dear Miss Breed, / How can I begin to thank you for the perfectly perfect books. And after I haven't written for so long, too. I don't have any excuse, either. / I'll be seeing you soon, because we're going back to San Diego soon. We want to see Michigan first, if we can. Relocation offers such chances for travel!! / The camp is going to close in 1946, but after this year, we aren't going to have any more school. And just after they finished the new high school building, too. / I certainly do enjoy junior high school. It's too a period, though. We only have 50 minutes for our subjects. But we have three hours of core. / I have a kitten now, and it's the sweetest thing! I found him in music class, where we had an awful time trying to hide her from our teacher. / Lately we've been having rainy weather. We had rain on Christmas--for the second time! We always seem to have rain, or some other incident on holidays. One Christmas we had one of the biggest fires in Poston, and on one Thanksgiving we had another fire. One Fourth of July, a little girl got lost on our block. Another one was lost recently--but not on a holiday! / Is Miss McNary still working in the library. By the way, our public and school libraries are getting a lot of new books--they look so good, too! / My mother used to work as a cashier at the canteen, but she has been promoted to head cashier, and is working in the community enterprise office. At first she didn't like it too much, but now she doesn't want to quit! / In sewing class so far, we've made tea towels, aprons, and now we're on skirts. A few have finished, and are on their petticoats. The we are going to do blouses, and if we can, we are going to make dresses. The other day we tried a little cooking, and made cookies. Mine had too much salt, and was too heavy. But I'll learn. / In science class we have the most fun. Our teacher, Mr. Dugan, was talking about gastric juices, and my girlfriend thought he said plastic juices! And whenever we think we know a word, it turns out to be far different! / All our classes are at the other end of camp, so we don't have enough time to get home for lunch. So now we bring our lunches, and we have a lot of fun. There are only six of us, but the noise we make would be enough for three times as much. We always "swap" if we have anything to swap! / I have so many pen pals now that I can't keep them all in order. Last night I counted my letters and I have 388! Before we go out of camp, I hope I have 400. / I've got quite a lot of books now, too. I have 75. Pretty soon I'll have 100--I hope. / I've got to ask my mother to mail this for me, and since she has to go soon, I better close. I'm sorry this is such a short letter. / Love, / Katherine / P.S. / Thank you ever so much for the flower seeds, too. I want to plant them, but my mother says I better not, since we're going out soon.
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