Eisenhower’s 4-year old niece Ruth (daughter of his brother Milton) sent him the letter of lines and waves below, which was addressed to “Uncle Ike” and signed “Ruthie”.
Eisenhower’s adorable response was:
I enjoyed your letter. I know exactly what you said. I am astonished that you have made such progress since last I saw you. Since I cannot write as well as you do, I will have to have this done on the typewriter so your Mother may have to read it to you.
I know that by the time I come home that beautiful blue velvet dress that you got a year ago for Christmas, will be far too small; but please keep it because I think that is the best looking dress I ever seen in my life and I want to see it again.”
What makes this letter more poignant is the fact that Eisenhower would have been at war in 1943 as Lieutenant General. If this was written in April, the future U.S. president would have been finishing his North African campaign, about to head over to fight in Sicily.