"#87 I think this is right. My other pad is at the house"
Sun, May 11th/41
It was good to receive your letters Friday. You were very bright and they (the letters) made me quite cheery. I was so busy that I had to read them at lunch hour. I became so interested in them that I forgot the presence of my dinner on the table, (also the new young lady guest at the house), she has taken the seat at my table. Before I realized it, it was parade time and I had to rush away without eating half my dinner and not taking even time to be polite to my 'table friend'. At any rate I enjoyed your letters and that was better than a dozen dinners.
Life continues to be most hectic. Phillps who left for his new post tonight, has handed me the sports of the Squadron to look after. This with the Hygiene lectures which I have to give to the incoming officers, plus this welfare and instruction of my own Flight, plus my own studying, makes my life one mad rush from morn till night. So busy am I that I haven't written anyone but you for a week or ten days. My friends will think that I'm a queer sort.
I received a very nice letter from Fred Milbury last week. He obtained my address from you. He should receive a letter from me very soon now as I wrote him fully three weeks ago. I also got a letter from Gen. Turner who was stopping at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, at the time of writing. He congratulated me and was very glad to learn that I finally got in the Air Force. He said that he will tell all my old friends, former 13th men.
Dearie, you should have received my D.C.M. gratuity on the last of April or the first or second of May. I do hope they won't hold you up too long for it. I wish you were here and then I could look after you. You seem to be so worried all the time over the furnace, plumbing, pension or something or other. Gee, I wish I could lift you out of it all and drop you here where there are no worries and life is a mere song. This morning I wondered how heavenly it would be if you were here. The glassy water of the English Channel beckoning; boats of every description, laying at anchor at the beach, like the array one sees at the Toronto Yacht Club about July each year. We would have hired a boat and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day on the water. Instead, since you were not there, I went to service at 9 a.m., after that took about twenty-five of the boys to the spa baths for swimming and polo. There was a mixed crowd there before we had been swimming very long. We got home about 11 o'clock. I had two hours real good rest this afternoon and here I am now on duty until tomorrow morning. I shall be able to sleep after twelve p.m.
I was glad top hear of Frank, Elspeth and Peg. You will enjoy having the girls in Toronto, though, of curse, they will be busy most of the time.
I received a letter from mother. She seems to be feeling a bit better than she had felt formerly, though she claimed still to feel the rheumatism. I was glad to hear that Doug was going to send you a cheque of $250.00 as a loan to me. I shall bank that amount here or invest it in War Savings Certificates until after the war. I do hope that you will be able to manage until regular allowances come through to you.
Betty said that you wished to have the negatives of the snaps she sent you. Gosh, Dearie, I thought they were so terribly bad that I destroyed the negatives. You know how I dislike my photograph and those snaps haunted me so, I just couldn't stomach them. I''m very sorry that Betty sent them on to you and still more sorry now that I'm not able to produce the negatives when you want them so much.
The sirens are kicking up an awful din at the moment. Jerry must be on his way over England. It is a very beautiful moonlit night. He, no doubt, will try to do all the mischief he can during the next month or so.
I have completed six of my exams: armaments, gas, signals, mathematics, hygiene, law. I have aircraft recognition and navigation still to write. These will come about the end of this month unless I succeed in getting them off earlier.
Take good care of yourself Dearie. I'm looking for the announcement any day now of the arrival of an ambulance unit driven by a young Canadian lady who has volunteered herself and the ambulance for overseas service. Keep up hope Dearie you will get here soon I'm sure. Heaps of love and heaps of kisses and hugs and happy dreams.
P.S. I acknowledged the arrival of the gloves long ago, Dearie, perhaps Jerry has claimed the letter. The gloves are wonderful. I have them packed away with the red ones. Bill"