APRIL 20, 1944
NEW YORK, Wednesday—I think I owe a little tribute to the railroads, for on Monday I did a bit of shuttling around on rather tight schedules. If I had been late, it would have meant putting out many people, but I was very fortunate, as no train was more than fifteen minutes late during the entire day! That's a record of which the railroads can be proud in these crowded and busy times.
Yesterday, three young cousins of mine came to lunch. I am sorry to say that contact with them is not very frequent, but it is always a great pleasure to me to see them, because then I catch up on their activities and the news of their children. It seems incredible that any of them have boys old enough to be in the service, or girls who are graduate nurses, but nevertheless it is true, and the wonderful thing is that they look so young and that I still don't feel too old in comparison with them.
I am always waiting for the day to appear when I shall put on my little lace cap and sit by the fire. But when I am with a number of young people, I become so interested that I put off that day just a little longer.
In the afternoon I went to speak at a meeting of the New York League of Women Voters, which was held at the home of Mrs. Max Ascoli in Gramercy Park. Miss Dorothy Thompson was the main speaker and her subject was the responsibilities of women in the present period. She is a most stimulating and interesting speaker and I was grateful for the opportunity to hear her. She made me feel that we women should unite on the care of children and work much harder than we have in the past, because it would help solve so many of our other problems.
After the meeting, I walked through 20th Street past Roosevelt House and had a yen to go in and look at it again, but it was too late and I am sure that it was already closed.
In the evening I dined with my cousin, Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt, and had the pleasure of meeting Mr. John Hersey, who wrote "A Bell for Adano," a book which I much enjoyed recently. After dinner, Mrs. Roosevelt asked some friends in, and we talked about my various trips.
I had a chance to ask Dr. Foster Kennedy some questions, as he can speak with authority. He is helping with many of the problems which grow out of the war and he feels that the work which Mrs. Anna Rosenberg has started in New York City in connection with the placement in jobs of returned servicemen and their readjustment to civilian life, should be very widely extended throughout the nation.
At dinner, it was interesting to find that one man had just returned from Italy, another from Cairo, and another from London. What varied information our young men will have acquired during these strenuous years!