As we grieve together the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, my thoughts turn to Helene Hanff. How she would have loved to be in her beloved England at this sad yet historic time of mourning.
In 1952, despite Nora Doel's hopes that, "...if by any chance you can manage the fare to England next year for the Coronation, Mrs. Boulton will see that you have a bed," unfortunately Helene was unable to afford the trip to England.
On September 18th, 1952, Helene wrote to Frank Doel...
As generous as she was acerbic, Helene sent over a ham so Frank, his family and friends would be well-fed as they watched Queen Elizabeth II crowned at Westminster Abbey as she listened by radio from New York.
I'd rather write than eat.