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 Tracy A. Sugarman to his wife, postmarked August 13, 1944

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This sketching I've been doing has been interesting as well as fun. Invariably a bunch of enlisted men will gather around me - and I've been delighted to find things in some of them I either never knew or had forgotten. Underneath the crude language and the seemingly animal-like lack of sensitivity that annoys me so darn much at times (- especially in the more tender love scenes in the movies aboard!) so many of them are really and honestly interested and excited by drawing and color. Some of them sit near me and don't say a word - just watching. Sometimes they tell me that their art teachers still write them urging them to stick at it - sometimes they're just curious at watching pictures being born - but always they're there when I sketch. Its funny - the vile tough language that's the indication of being "one of the boys" falls off - the coarse dirty laughter is quieter - and they're just kids again - watching something that doesn't demand a thing of them. It's gratifying - and distracting as it is to have people gawking while you're working - I don't really mind them at all. Its too bad about

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 Tracy A. Sugarman to his wife, postmarked August 13, 1944

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