Letter on lined paper to Poline from Aron
Watermarks Dobruz + another one, stamp or emblem
January 18, 1914 (received Feb 3, 1914)
Kishinev to Paris
Rue Vieille du Temple 41
My dear Polinka,
I am writing to tell you that I received your lovely letter, your first letter, and I am very grateful for that. To tell the truth, this letter cost me half of my life and the same amount of my health. It is a very valuable letter because I have been waiting ten days for it. Not only I read it, I also felt every single word. It was a very nice feeling to read it. I feel much better [draft says I feel much happier now] now. I learned that you are alive. You are at home. I didn’t know what happened to you. That’s why it almost killed me, because I didn’t know what happened to you on your way. I also sent a difficult letter to you yesterday. A new life, a new happiness is opening for us. My dear Polinka, why are you so nervous? We can see each other very, very soon. I will be hugging and kissing you again and nothing has died for us. I am asking you and requesting you to be calm, not to cry, not to get worried. This separation is not going to last long, and it is going to last no longer than three months. Then we’ll be back together and even closer because our friendship is going to be everlasting. All I need to know is that you are calm. Otherwise, it is going to kill me. You are far away from my eyes but not from my soul. Do you know what, dear Polya, just understanding that your coming here and your leaving was so beautiful as we wanted and doing so we shut the mouth of our enemies and good to know that no one knows anything about our plans. Everything was left unclear but nobody is talking about it, and that’s good. You are to spend two or three months with your relatives and that is good and then I will come and we will discuss. It is only temporary. Live well. Get well. Walk more. Get to know more people and take care of your personal business. Morally, I am going to support you. Please explain to me, are you home alone? The children are not home? Your father? Is he working? Did he ask about your life in Kishinev? It was not pleasant news to learn you didn’t feel well during your trip and didn’t have enough money. Please explain to me why you have such hard memories about your trip. If only I could have been with you, it would have been better. I went to the post office to get a card, and unfortunately, I didn’t because the clerk asked me where I am expecting a card from and I said from Paris. He probably didn’t want to give it to me. Please write to me. Where did you write from? And there I go to get them as soon as I know the address. In my next letter I will write about my departure. I wrote on January 22 and write if you received all four letters. I am going to the post office every Saturday. That’s why try to answer all of my letters. I feel I am writing too little. Please describe your life. Stay healthy. Stay happy. Good. Don’t cry. Throw away all of the difficulties. They will fly away – a short time and we are to be together very, very soon we are going to see each other. I will hug you and kiss you because you are my best friend. Dear Mommy. Oh Polya, Polya lu lu is not going to write to me. Then Uncle Ooch is going to slap her. Always yours, Uncle Ooch.
[Note: This letter is in Aron’s Notebook of drafts.]