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[Letter to Clara Breed from Hisako Watanabe, Poston, Arizona, October 5, 1943]

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[Letter to Clara Breed from Hisako Watanabe, Poston, Arizona, October 5, 1943]
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H: 8.5 in, W: 5.5 in (sheet); H: 3.5 in, 6 in (envelope)

Poston, Ariz., October 6, 1943


Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada


1 letter and envelope from Hisako Watanabe to Clara Breed.

October 5, 1943/Dear Miss Breed,/I was very glad to receive a letter from you and I am the one that should apologize. I try to get my letters out on time but sometimes my work interferes and I don't get around to my letter writing./As for the gifts, to hear that you liked them and enjoyed them is thanks enough. Maybe in the near future we may be able to send you some more nice and unusuable presents./Mother was very glad to know that you liked the flower picture. Yes, we have a few decorating our apartment. /Really, I don't know very much about iron wood either. I never did get a chance to go with the people when they went to the mountains to get iron wood. After the heart was cut out, it was sanded (sand-papered), and then shellac was put on to give it a shiny finish. The color is natural./Yes, my brother had polio. He used to work in a florist shop. He is much better now. He is home with us. He had to use crutches for awhile but he is getting so that he depends on them less and less. It won't be very long now before he won't need his crutches at all./You must of been very busy with all your talks, etc. I am sure the children and especially the parents appreciate all you have done and are doing for them./ We probably wouldn't recognize San Diego if we were given a chance to go back. I've heard that it is very crowded. I'm sure everyone is aware of the shortage of houses and food and I am sure everyone is willing to cooperate and do their part. All this rationing, etc. haven't really hit us so I guess we don't realize what it is really like./I am working in the education office as secretary to the business manager. Louise Ogawa is working there too. We are kept quite busy doing typing, shorthand, etc./ Many people (including my friends) here left for outside employment. I want to go too but I guess I'll have to wait. With my brother in that condition and being the next oldest my mother hasn't given her consent so I am waiting and hoping for a chance to go out. There are many nice jobs open at the present. What most of us really would like to do is go to San Diego (home) and work but when we'll be able to, no one knows. I'll be sure to look you up though when the time comes. Please write, I'll be waiting to hear from you./As ever--/Hisako

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