Sunday, Dec. 11/40
You are a real Dear. Four letters from you yesterday, one from Jack Mills, one from Mother and one from Mrs. Stanham--and one from the Air Force. [Wowie, is something about to happen?] Just think what an inundation. I was so glad to know that you are getting on as well as you are. How does the furnace behave Sweetheart? The letters from you were Nos. 20, 30, 31 & 32. Evidently periodical gaps occur. For instance Nos. 12, 13, 14,& 15 are still missing. Nos. 221, 22, 23 & 24 also missing.
I had to work all yesterday afternoon (Sat.) and from 8 a.m. today. I went over to Richmond last evening to get your letters. Miss Sendamore and Betty were waiting for me with a hot meal. I arrived there just before eight and left at 9:45.
[Finally, he gets to the Air Force letter.] You can imagine how glad I was to hear from the Air Force. I must have some dental work done--lower dentures before they will take me on. Apparently this is all that is required. I shall have the matter attended to this week. Just think, keeping me waiting all this time for such a thing. [Well, they haven't forgotten him and I guess they want officers to look really good!]
I gave Betty instructions to send 3 pounds to you via Lloyds' Bank, Richmond. It will be payable to you at Nova Scotia Bank, New Toronto. In all probability the bank will notify you when they receive it. I wish it could be ever so much more Sweetheart. However it is a start.
From all accounts I shall receive a few parcels from home. Yours has not arrived yet. One from Jane, Helen & Frances each are on their way--but no sign of them.
It looks now as if Bill and I shall spend Xmas with Doug and Olive Garvin. If they succeed to close their windows in this week, they will be able to use the one big room they have. I went over and saw Olive Friday evening. We sat in a bit of a kitchen, almost as large as 1/3 of ours, and played checkers all evening. Doug was on duty for 48 hours. You would laugh to see Olive adjust herself to such an inconvenience. She is brave and can take a lot of abuse. She doesn't seem to mind it a bit. With our parcels, if they arrive, we should have a real spread. I expect to hear from Bill as to what time he will get off for Xmas.
I thought there was something I'd missed. I got a letter from Francis (Teet's wife). She seemed to be very bright. They are living at an apartment. Teet is working very hard and seems to be enjoying it very much.
How surprised and glad I am to hear that Louisa is married. I hope she finds married life to be as happy as we have found it to be Dearie. I have so often intended writing to her and yet have neglected doing so. I am ashamed of myself.
Jerry has been more or less conspicuous for his absence in this area recently. He seems to spread his operations about and is visiting one part of the country at a time.
How thrilled, Dearie, when I read of your and Janie's plan to come over here. But why wait until after the war. When I am settled in the Air Force I certainly want you to be here with me, and no foolin'! I miss you so much I just can't think of anything but your companionship right here as soon as we can arrange it. I shall endure this Xmas alone, but my heart shall be with you.
Heaps of love Sweetheart. Your letters are wonderful and I long for them.
Have happy dreams and take good care of yourself. A big hug and kiss and come to bed soon.