March 18, 1946
Dearest Darling Willis —
Today was another wonderful day as far as mail from you is concerned, Lover. This morning the two envelopes of free mail arrived, and this afternoon I got 9 letters from you – February 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 22nd and March 7th and 8th. And then besides, the lovely, lovely white blouse came. Darling, it is the most beautiful one I have ever seen and you are so sweet to send it to me. Honestly, you’re spoiling me, Darling. Of course, I had to press it and try it on right away, and it just fits. And then I had Margie take my picture in it and it was the last picture on the film, so I’ll have it developed and send it to you as soon as possible. Darling, a blouse like that would cost at least $20 here, and then I’m sure you could never get one as lovely. You have such good taste, Darling, and I thank you again and again. Of course, I read all of your letters all at once and had a wonderful time. It was so good to have them. Darling, please don’t wear yourself out entirely – I want a little of you left to love me with.
I’ve been right here in the house all day except tonight when I had to go to church. I’ve been working on my thesis, and have about 11 more pages, which I’m going to try to have Dr. Mason look over tomorrow. That doesn’t sound like very much for a day, but I had so much material to go over and organize and boil down that it took a long time. I think I can finish it in one or two more days – unless Mason makes me rewrite a lot of it, which isn’t at all unlikely.
Bob was home all day sick in bed. I don’t know what it is, probably an upset stomach. He was sick in the night also. They ate so much junk yesterday and I think that is the main trouble, although he had a fever all day. I doubt very much if he will be out tomorrow either. Margie was sick this morning as usual, but she felt all right after that and went to work. Mom went to the doctor again and stayed downtown for a while. Her skin is really clearing up – she has had that itching for over 20 years, and the shots he is giving her are really making her skin nice and smooth again. I am truly thankful that she got to go to him. She came home with a pair of drapes for my room – white sateen with pretty flowers in them, which she got for $4.50 a pair, which is almost giving them away as draperies go. She said they had another pair like them down there, clean (hers were a little soiled and wrinkled) for $5.79, so I had her call up and order them for us. We didn’t have any nice bedroom drapes or any at all if you remember, Lover, and I thought at that price we couldn’t lose anything. Now, all we have to do is get a home and the window to hang them at. Most sets of drapes start at about $10 and go on up these days.
Tonight I had to go to the meeting of the Youth Board of Deacons. We had quite an interesting meeting for a change. Lourie Larson told us a little about the plans for the new church – they have decided to build a Colonian instead of a gothic church because (1) – it will cost half as much as a Gothic church which will mean they can start on the educational remodeling sooner than they had hoped to, and (2) it will be more informal and friendly, in keeping with the spirit of the church. I always did like a Colonial atmosphere myself, but I don’t think of the bulk of the North Shore people would take to a Gothic atmosphere. He also gave his ideas about how they could remodel the old building, but some of it sounded not too good. Well, the architect will have to figure that one out. The only feature I didn’t like about his plan was the one suggestion that Mr. McWhorter made – that they have a smoking room. I think that is entirely out of place in a church. Incidentally, they are going to have Vaughn Shoemaker as the speaker at the Youth Banquet, which is very good. He shows a film of his own and then draws also. We had quite a discussion about the oratorical contest, which isn’t proving too popular. I think that youth today just don’t want to have to think or put forth any effort. Well, I finally got home about 10:30. I had hoped it would be earlier.
Well, well. So my sweetie is all curious about what Paul Allen said about him. Goody! At last, I’ve got something left to tell you when you get home. Now maybe you can see a litte how I’ve felt all these years when you said, “Something very interesting happened today, but I’ll tell you when I get home.” I do believe I’ve got at least a thousand such things to hear when you arrive. I’ve told you everything I could think of importance, so I think I’ll have to save at least this little one thing to tell you when you get home. However, I might consider a bargain. Are you in a bargaining mood? OK – here goes. Every letter so far for a month or so now hasen’t had a single word in it about when you might possibly have a bare chance of perhaps in some case starting home, and as you say, (and I quote) “You know those bits of news are so helpful when a person is in a position like this over here.” Now here is my bargain – if you’ll give me the said information or a reasonable facsimile, I will give you what Paul Allen said, even before you get home, which is quite a concession for me, seeing it is practically the only thing I have left that you are curious about. But you have to tell me first. (Heh-heh) It’s up to you from here on. (I feel in a bargaining mood tonight, for a change).
It is a rainy, coolish night, after a cloudy day all day long. I want to get up early and go out to school in the morning early and do some reading for M&M. But first, maybe I’ll answer some of your letters. I have a lot now ahead to answer.
I know your dinner and visit with Dr. Kim, Miss Duncan, and Alrik was very interesting and I’ll be glad to hear all about it. I doubt very much if Dr. Kim had a chance to call me – with all she had to do, I wouldn’t expect her to. She may have, however, at a time when no one was at home. Perhaps I shall get to meet her someday. That was sweet of you to give the Cha’s some more money from us, Dear. Yes, I approve. The Lord has indeed been good to us.
You must really have been tired on the 16th of February because you dated your letter 16 August. You must have been subconsciously wishing for warmer weather. The pictures Miss Mason gave you are very interesting. I have quite a few of your pictures that aren’t mounted as yet. I haven’t mounted any since the summer, so I’m afraid I have almost enough to start another album. You keep sending pictures from Okinawa, so I want to get them all together so I can mount them all in one place. Yes, it has been very warm here, and the elm trees are even beginning to push out their catkins and the birds are pecking away at them, but I’m afraid they’re going to get their little noses nipped before long. (The buds, not the birds).
You wondered what made me suspect that Margie and Bob were expecting – well, she was sick in the mornings, for one thing, and then the day before she told me, she went out rather mysteriously, and when she came back her mother called and the conversation was practically a dead giveaway of indefiniteness, and she mentioned September 1, and that is the expected date. She has been sick in the mornings right along except a couple of days when Mom made her take Viavi at night, but that hasn’t been working so well since. Some are sick like that the entire 9 months, and it is no fun.
Darling, it is almost midnight, and 5:30 will be here all too soon. So I think I better say goodnight and that I love you more than ever. I know the Lord is using and blessing you, and how I pray that He may bring you home very soon.
I’m just yours, in His eternal love –