Palo, Ia. Nov. 13, 1916
Dear Merl: Just a line to let you know all well as usual. Every body busy getting ready for winter. Bert’s have a new boy baby. Schools in Fine-mont (?) Twp. closed on account of the infantile paralysis also small pox in neighborhood. I can see rabbits in orchards. Our men are about through husking corn. Are you sliding on your sled. Send best regards to all. Write soon. Lovingly, Alma Edwards (?)
This postcard from 1916 is terribly touching. It is written in November, and as the winter approaches the ‘men’ have almost finished husking the corn of the harvest. Our correspondent looks out upon her orchard and surprisingly sees rabbits! A vision filled with hope, as is the new baby boy in the neighborhood. But all so fragile . . . for the schools are closed due to not only one, but two! diseases we don’t worry about too much here today: smallpox and infantile paralysis – which is polio.
The note ends with a question about sledding. A whisk down a hill, on a toy made by our powers of imagination, some wood and some steel! And in the final address, a call to action: Write soon! and the letter is signed . . . Lovingly,
A postcard best left to speak for itself. We can eat an apple a day but sometimes that’s not all it takes.
And while we may not have the answers to everything, a spiced mulled cider can certainly keep our hands warm while musing on it all.
Spiced Mulled Cider
Heat cider to just below a simmer with your choice of flavorings stirred in: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, orange zest, lemon zest, almond extract, rosemary.
If you really need thinking time, whipped cream can be added on top.