Jones spent some time back in university, working in the summers, but eventually found it too costly and dropped out. He attempted a grocery business in Toronto, but that did not come to fruition. What to do? Jones ended up working for a real estate company and eventually began his own. He was not in love with the job, but it paid the bills and even allowed him to purchase a house on the shore of Lake Ontario. It was something of a fixer-upper but he would enjoy the challenge.
It is good to sit down and have a quiet talk with you, only I would much rather be there with you in front of the open fireplace. You know I'm as jealous as the dickens of you having our fireplace and our moonlight all to yourself. It just isn't fair and I object strenuously. Some of these days I'se just going to come right down there and park right beside that fireplace and Lord help the person who tries to make me get away from it. I've got several weeks to catch up on young man and by gosh I'm going to do it too! I'se a vicious woman when I gets going. Don't get awful scared Honey. I'll have a little mercy on you, maybe. I am really longing to be there with you though and I'll be glad when our allotted time is up and all is ready.
I have been quite busy and the results are pretty good. I wasn't going to tell you yet but I think it might cheer you up. Dad and Mother are getting us a lovely electric stove and our kitchen suite. Isn't that grand? I have warned Mother that she is not to get us anything extravagant. The stove is a Moffat range like Mother's only not as large. Of course it is much more modern and I think it is a little beauty. I know you will be pleased with it too. Our kitchen set has not been chosen yet.
So you see my Darling, we are not doing too badly. We have the necessities for our home now I think and we will have a swell time fixing the house up.
I completed my house dresses today. They are ironed and folded and put away. I haven't bought my stockings yet but I have the money for 6 pairs and also money for gloves, hat and shoes. One of these days I'm going to have a grand time spending it all. This Saturday I am going to get material for my dress. I was going to get it last Sat. but I was too sick to go out of the house.
So the place is damp eh? I guess I better buy you and me some red flannels. I think red ones would be cute on you! They would be sort of appropriate eh what!! Do horses get all excited when they see red? Maybe I better get you blue ones! I always did love you in blue anyway. And now that problem is argued and settled. Blue ones it is.
Your letter did not arrive until quite late this morning and I just about had a fit. I don't think I could have done a thing all day if it had not come. About 11 o'clock the postman brought it and I was considerably relieved. It won't be long until we won't have any letters at all will it. Gosh, what a stack of them I have. Not one has been destroyed from the very first. Someday we will have a lot of fun reading them over. What a love story you would write Honey? I bet every page of it would be censored!
I ironed all afternoon and have all the ironing done thank goodness for this week.
I have been all alone all day and hardly talked to anyone. Elizabeth phoned this afternoon and so did Aunty Em. I talk to Skippy all the time so I won't forget what my voice sounds like. Sometimes it sounds so strange. I look around to see of anyone else is present. Pretty soon I'll be talking to myself and then the government will give me board and lodging up on the mountain. [Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital]. Come up and see me sometime will you!
Well my Darling, I hope today has been more prosperous than yesterday. Keep up hope. The change in government [Liberal William Lyon Mackenzie King had come into power] and the war is bound to put a crimp in all business. Someday things will be much better and the future more hopeful. [The issues of World War I had never been satisfactorily resolved. Jones, like many others, felt that more conflict was coming.]
Heaps of love Sweetheart. I can't tell you how much I love you too and long to be with you. I feel sure that happiness lies in the path we are taking and both of us will be happier with a new outlook on life.
Hugs and kisses,
This first letter nicely sets the tone for Bill and Helen's relationship. They were fun loving and both had a wonderful sense of humor that would stand them in good stead in the times to come. We catch a glimpse into wedding planning as it was in 1935. House dresses? Gloves? Hats? And we note that perhaps his business was not prospering as well as hoped for.