Before we learn more about my Mom’s incipient romance with Fred Gartz, let’s take a pause to say “Happy Birthday, Mom!” [Lil was born on 10-10-1917, so do the math for what her present age would be.] Here’s her cute baby picture, and below her Waller High School Graduation photo.
Last week we learned that my mom, Lillian, was pondering in February, 1941, whether or not Fred Gartz, whom she’d met November 19, 1940, would call her. She clearly liked him from the start. Then nearly three months passed from her February, 1941 musings (“My biggest concern is whether Fred Gartz will phone to ask me for a date“) to another chance meeting with Fred.
A bit of character background: Esther Schultz, mentioned here in Lil’s diary, was Dad’s “buddy,” not really a girlfriend, which explains her generous sharing of Fred at this dance. She became a life-long friend of the family. Here’s Lil’s next diary entry on the subject of “Fred Gartz.”
Sunday a.m. 3:15 May 11, 1941
There’s no doubt about it; I’m in love with him after meeting him thrice. He was at the dance with his two brothers and some other friends, each with a girl friend. However, shortly after he saw me there (Fred) he asked me to dance, and we had quite a few numbers together. The first time I met him, (Nov. 19, 1940), I taught him the Polish hop and tonight I taught him the Rhumba. He catches on to all dances miraculously fast. We have so much fun together.
He’s really the first man I’ve met that I think I’d like to marry—intelligent, crazy, fun, and we have no end of things to talk about. In fact, when he first came to me this evening, we started to talk and had so much fun together and were so engrossed, we didn’t even start to dance immediately.
He apparently goes out with quite a number of girls, and this one, viz., Esther Schultz liked me very well and kept urging Fred to dance with me so that she could watch us. I sat at their table practically all evening and we all had a beer and sandwich together.
Hell, I have the worst luck, though. The previous time I met him we seemed to have such a wonderful time too — and not a phone call from him.
So difficult as it might be, I might just as well put him out of my mind once and for all because he undoubtedly will not call me up and I’m just crazy about him! I’ll probably be a “business woman” all my life or else marry just “lukewarm-about,” who won’t go in for dancing, sports, and all the things I love. The luck of some women! Amen. And now to forget Friedrich Gartz!!
What will have happened by June 1, 1942? With whom will I go out New Year’s Eve, 1941? Only time will tell, but I’ll “betcha” no more word from Fred. Betcha $5.00 to put in the bank by Sept. 1, 1942.
Just when will Fred get a clue and ask Lil out! “Quite a thrill awaited me….” Coming up!
Love alwyas prevails….
ISN’T SHE THE CUTEST HIGH SCHOOLER? COME ON FRED, WAKE UP!
I love her giggly hope tinged with fatalistic pessimism. It’s touching to get to know your young parents and experience their growing infatuation.
I love how you build suspense and anticipation as you introduce these pages of your Mom’s diary. And your mom’s innocence, transparency and vulnerability is so moving. I feel as if I can see right into her heart. Katy
Well he must have called since your last name is Gartz – I wonder who she paid the $5.00 to 🙂
What a treasure to be able to know what went on behind the scenes as your parents approached marriage and a lifetime together.
Oh, and my ancestors were named Waller. Wonder if there is any connection with the high school? What state was it in?
She was an adorable little baby and a beautiful woman!
Love it. She’s is so full of spirit!