Hope you can make this letter out, honey. It’s so mixed up.
Just rec. 2 sweet letters written Tues. & Wed. 15-16th. This is always my best day cause I get your 2 letters in the morning mail. All the others come in the aft. mail & the day just drags until the mailman comes.
Well, I wanted to wash today but the light switch is broken for the basement lights. Geo. R. & Pop got a new plate for it last Friday but Ed M. hasn’t put it in yet. So I tho’t I’d go downtown & try to find a nice dress but it’s raining a slow steady rain so I guess that’s out. I’m glad it’s raining tho, we need it so bad & it’s still nice & cool here. We went to the Armo last nite & saw 2 pretty good pictures. “The Lodger” & “Jungle Book”
Honey, I’m so sorry your Chief couldn’t get you back on your old job. But at least you are inside & there isn’t as much chance of you catching cold & getting a sore throat. If that’s where they want you to work – just take it easy & don’t do anymore than you have to. After all, you’re a P.O. with a trade & didn’t go in to the Navy to sweep & paint! I guess you do miss being with the boys all day, tho. Are there other P.O.s doing the same work you are, honey? Are you still sleeping in the stalls?
Hon, does that 20 day leave business count your “boot leave”? If it does, I guess you haven’t any days coming at all for the year, have you? It’s too bad about Nielson too. He should have put in for his leave when he first got there. He’ll soon be in a year, won’t he, tho? And then he can have 15 days leave. Did you ever find out if that 12 day leave you had counted, honey?
I sure hope & pray that “Saipan” scuttlebutt is all wrong. Please don’t keep anything from me, tho, if you find out you are going to get shipped. I’d be on a train right away! Don’t you fellows still think you’ll be there for the duration? Would you want to go to Saipan, honey? I know you always wanted to get on a ship but I hope you’ve given up that idea, now. It would be more than I could take if you had to leave, now, honey.
Frank, about those bites, didn’t the fellow at Sick Bay say what they were? I wish you would find out for sure! Didn’t any of the other fellows in your stall get them? If the sand-fleas are that bad, why in the heck don’t they do something about them? Be careful those bites don’t get infected, honey. You would really be sick then. Let me know if you get rid of them, ok?
Well, hon, from your last 5 or 6 letters it looks like you are getting a letter every day now. I’m so glad & I hope it keeps up. It’s so much easier to answer one a day instead of 2 one day & none the next. Especially my crazy letters! I ask so many questions – you know how I am for details! So you finally got Jack’s letter? I’m so glad. He said he had written you. He has your correct address now, hon. Don’t worry if you can’t answer him right away, he knows how hard it is to write. He’s got a good system tho, honey. Every time he gets a letter from someone, he addresses an envelope to them & files it in the order it came. Then he answers it as soon as he can when it comes up. It’s a good idea, I think. Why don’t you try it? Wish I could be there to be your secretary. Boy! It would really cost you! You know what I mean?? Honey, your letter to Jack will be just as nice as his to you. You always say other people’s letters are nicer than yours, but yours look like that to other people, too. So don’t worry about it, Frank. You write very good letters!
Honey, I told you I was sorry I had my hair fixed the way you don’t like, but I told you why, too. I had to have it cut & took those pictures before I had it cut. I guess you won’t like it all now that I’ve had it cut. I always tho’t you liked it short, honey. I don’t part it in the middle tho, now. It’s too short to do anything with, but just curl. It doesn’t look bad, tho. I’ll take some pictures soon & you can see how you like it. I hope you do. You never did like my hair long, before, how come you liked it long in Utah? I’m glad you kept the picture of Mom & me but I’m sorry my hair wasn’t fixed right, honey. I’ll send you another of Mom & me soon & you can send that one back. Honey, do you think I look like I’m going to have a baby? I keep wanting to “show” so bad – but you haven’t seen me for a while. How do I look to you?
I sure hope you’re right about not having to stay in the Navy 6 months after the war. But what if you were sent to Saipan? That’s why I want you to stay in the States – so you can come home as soon as possible. What worries me is they can’t let all the fellows go at once & it wouldn’t be fair to let some go & some not – so that’s why I tho’t they would keep all of you for 6 months. Then, the Selective Service Man, Hershey, said, even after the war is over, we will still have to draft fellows & send them overseas. That might mean the guys over there now get to come home & fellows like you will have to go over. All we can do is pray, I guess. And I hope you are right about getting out, honey.
I’m sorry you had to sew for 2 hrs. hon. Wish I could be there & sew for you. How much do those Units cost to rent across from the Depot? I sure wish we could manage it, Frank. I could cook & we’d save a lot on food. Find out how much the rent is, will you, honey? I wish you would find out about a transfer to St. Louis. They can’t do anymore than say no. Explain why you want to be close to home – we’re having our first baby & after 7 years. Not that there is any danger of anything happening to me but they don’t have to know that. Just say it might be a good idea for you to be closer to home when it happens. Maybe you could be sent to Great Lakes. I sure wish you knew somebody with pull. That’s all that’s keeping Tom Keith in the set-up he’s in! He’s still in St. Louis every 3 or 4 days. If you just knew someone that could fix it for you, I’m sure you could be sent to Great Lakes. That darn Navy is just “Politics” & the fellow who tries to be on the square, doesn’t stand a chance! Anyway, it won’t hurt to try for Great Lakes, honey. You can do as much there as you’re doing in Albany. I think I’ll start a Novena for that. God has been so good to us already, tho – giving me a husband like you & now a Baby – I hate to ask him for anything more.
Yes, Frank, I got the nice pictures of Muir Woods. I guess you didn’t get my letter about it yet, when you wrote. Or maybe you missed a letter. I think I wrote about it — about 2 weeks ago. Read a few letters back, hon. I sure enjoyed the pictures & wish I could have been with you. Trouble is, if I was there, I’d keep you so busy at home we wouldn’t have time to do any sight-seeing! ha!
Well, sweetheart, it’s still raining so I guess I won’t go downtown. It’s so lonesome here now, especially since it’s raining. I don’t want this to be another “blue” letter, so I better quit now. I wish I could tell you just how much I love you & miss you, darling, but that’s impossible in a letter. Just wait til I see you! Please take good care of yourself, hon, & God be with you always! I’m thinking of you & praying for you everyday, darling!
All our love & kisses,
Jean & Butch
Honey, I had to tell you this. I’m sitting here writing on the kitchen table & the back-door is open. It’s raining pretty hard out & just a minute ago, a little bird flew on the porch & got under the railing, where it’s dry, to keep out of the rain. He just had about 3 inches of dry space to stand in & you should have seen him, he was so sweet & little, standing there trying to keep dry!
Wish I was a bird, I’d fly all the way to Calif! Of course I wouldn’t want to be one after I got there!
Honey, I keep thinking — What did I stay home for???? If I had any brains at all, I’d have gone back with you. After all, there is nothing to keep me here. Why didn’t you ask me to go back? We shouldn’t be apart like this – it’s crazy! I’ll never let you get away again like that! Just think of the months we’ve wasted! I love you, honey, & want to be with you!
Jean & Butch
Looks like this letter will never end, doesn’t it? But Vic is here now fixing the basement switch. He said he would last wk. & came by just now to find out what to buy. So I went to the D. Store & got the one Pop bought. I’m glad Ed isn’t putting it in anyway. He always is promising to fix things & never does. He still hasn’t fixed our big radio or the Victrola at Dot’s. I can’t wait forever for him to do things & I sure need my basement lights. Vic says he doesn’t mind doing things for me anyway, cause you were always fixing something for Dot while Vic was on the road.
Well, honey, I’m really quitting this time. But I still love you more than ever! I hope you love me as much!
Bye for now, darling.
All our love & kisses,
Jean & Butch
Here’s an extra big kiss for you honey! X
And one from Butch to his daddy! X
Tommy Joe is sick again – so Jane & Tom didn’t come home yesterday. They are coming today or tomorrow, tho.