King's Norton, B'ham
How is my girl tonight. Here we are almost to the end of another year. What will 1940  hold for us? My heart of love for you and a mighty big wish for your happiness and comfort.
I have not been able as yet to digest the contents of that big parcel which I received on Saturday, Dec. 28th. It was a mountain Dearie. And everything it contained speaks words of love to me. When I think of what a lot you denied yourself, that you might send that parcel to me, I could weep Sweetheart. I know you don't wish me to do that, but you can't altogether scold me for feeling that way, can you? If you were only here I would smother you in kisses and make you yell for time out.
I have just completed a letter to the Air Ministry enclosing my dental certificate. May it be the last thing that has stood in my way of getting in. I feel that it is and that I shall very soon be called in.
I received your letter with Shaw's address in Dearie. No. 35, dated Nov. 28. Your letters have come along quite orderly lately. I have them all except Nos. 25, 12, 13, 14, 15. I do hope you have received as many of mine. In any case I'm glad you have received some of the papers that I've sent you.
I would like to send you the cover of the parcel you sent me. It would make a good souvenir but it would cost something in postage. Perhaps I can manage it in a week or so. I have thought of all the Xmas'es we have ever had together and memory has done much to brighten up the present one. I can see all your parcels laden with seals. Somehow or other your parcels always have a distinct character both outside and in. Mine also have character but of a different sort. The missing mind [?] Never mind Sweetheart I have long resolved to surprise you someday.
Today was just another Monday at work. We resumed work on the roof and shall be engaged so for a few weeks yet, unless the Air Force decrees otherwise.
I had a very enjoyable weekend at Olive's & Doug's. I stayed over night Saturday and returned home abut midnight last night. Jerry was quite active over the city of London (the so-called 'City of London' doesn't include the suburbs, it refers to the ancient part in the vicinity of the Guildhall, Royal Exchange etc.). Gunfire and distant fires was all that we could see and hear at Blackheath.
I received a letter from Betty today. She has received letters from you and Mother and is delighted that you received hers alright. Betty is at home, Chippenham, watching for an opening to teach. She applies for any vacancy that appeals to her. School teaching here is much more specialized here than it is in Canada. They have so many regulations here that don't exist in Canada. She would prefer to be teaching than to be idle at home.
I shall retire now Dearie. How I miss you and what wouldn't I give to have you here with me.
Heaps of love and may the new year bring you great happiness and joy.
Last day of 1940. Let's do another letter.
222 Northfield Road,
Kings Norten, B'ham
I have just completed doing up two bundles of papers, Nos. 30 & 31--Ha, another jump in numbers. You are still ahead of me though I have received up to and including No. 38. Have not received any so far this week, but it is quite early yet.
When I acknowledged receipt of your big parcel I could only mention the items it contained--now for the quality. The cake was delicious Sweetheart, and doubly so because you made it. I gave Doug and Olive a piece, Mrs. Dolan and her granddaughter who came over to visit her last Saturday, my working mate at the plant, and a piece for his wife, as she has sent me a piece of mince pie, pudding or fruit almost every day for the past week I think. I have consumed almost all the rest myself. Betty had gone home or I would have treated her and Miss Sendamore and Miss Day are both away so they have not been privileged to taste it. The gloves fit perfectly and I did need them. The torch will be most useful although, so far, I have managed to get along without one. Betty gave me a small one when I first came here but I have scarcely used it. However, when I get on active service, I shall need it. The razor blades, toothbrush and paste will be mighty useful. I have already indulged in the use of one of the blades. The sweets of course, knowing me as you do, are entirely superfluous--but I shall manage to eat them--Yum--Yum. The blue socks are simply great and will come in handy when I'm 5 miles in the air. A great girl you are Sweetheart and I cannot thank you enough for all the parcel expresses.
This is New Years Eve. How about a show Sweetheart? Better secure the kitchen window or leave the shovel near the door. What a night it was. But what a girl. I'd give much to repeat it all tonight. Snow or no snow. Here we are having weather much warmer than it has been for three weeks or more. In fact the day was very mild. The wind seems to be a bit cooler tonight. All is very quiet here tonight--it always is but it is even quieter than usual. There is not even a warning of Jerry's presence so far. But people are not indulging in very much New Year activity tonight. The great do on Sunday night has curbed people's feeling or desire for anything too extravagant in the way of pleasure. We could enjoy ourselves though, couldn't we Dearie? Jerry or no Jerry.
I shall go over to Olive's tomorrow evening. They wish me to go over every evening but I don't wish to make myself a nuisance, besides, I want to get caught up with my writing and of course, there is a certain amount of reading that I must do.
I sent Mrs. Bannister and family a two-pound box of Cadbury's chocolate. Arnold, the invalid, 50 cigarettes, Doug a phonograph record, Mim a coupon for a book to value of 7 s., a card to each of the following, Mrs. Gliddon, Rev. Wlkin, Martin, Mrs. Dunham (my old nurse), [She was his nurse after one of his injuries suffered during WWI] Miss Day. I got Betty to get Miss Sendamore some flowers. I took Betty to a picture at Sutton when we went over to see Bill and do our Xmas shopping. We saw "Waterloo Bridge," Evelyn Leigh & Robert Montgomery (?) I think took the leading roles. We both liked the picture quite well.
I received your parcel and contents, handkerchiefs from Mrs. Stanham (Montreal), parcel from Margaret & Cecil, parcel from Jane, parcel from Mother & Helen. A pair of slippers from Betty (and I made her promise not to get me anything as I didn't give her anything), please scold her. I have already done so but it had little affect. Handerchiefs and a little calendar from Mim. Handkerchiefs from Doug and Olive. You see I'm more than spoiled. I must write them all and thank them. Mrs. Stonham has never missed a Xmas.
Heaps of love and kisses and a New Year full of love & happiness. A big kiss and hug to see the old year out.