Postcard from Louise’s father

Postcard from Louise’s father

Still, this picture is a postcard that Louise receives from her father— so why don’t you flip it over and look at the message?
It reads:
Col d’Oderon—Alsatian Frontier. On 12-10-18.
To my beloved little Louisette
A souvenir of my holiday here.
Your father who embraces you:
[Illegible initial] Victor
His signature is very difficult to read. Louise’s father apparently likes muddled flourishes. You are not even sure what his first initial is. Is it an L? You will have to pay attention to some of the other documentation to see if you can figure this out.
You are caught by his word villégiature. You had to look it up in your desk reference because you’d never run across it before. You thought it meant something like a military campaign, but the clear black type in your book states “holiday, vacation.”
Holiday?
Vacation?
It occurs to you: perhaps Louise’s father has a strange sense of humor also. He has been to war, too. Why should he be different from all the other men?