Vietnam Letters #22

Postmark 16th February, 1970

25 Blacket St.
Downer
A.C.T. 2602

(Sat) 14-2-70

My Dearest Jock,

Gee I am lonely without you Darling, I miss you terribly and just wish that we could be to-gether. It has been two months now since you left and it seems like two years. I wish there didn’t have to be such things as wars, I feel sorry for those poor people in Vietnam who have known nothing else but war for years and possibly all their life for most of them. Thank God that this is a free country and I hope it stays that way.

(Sun) 15-2-70

Well here I am back again feeling a bit less depressed at the moment, as I was feeling terrible this morning, but just a while ago a man called for donations for medical supplies for missionaries in New Guinea and Mum and I both gave him a dollar each. But the panflet he left showing some of the terrible cases of leprosy and other deseases makes you feel how well off you really are, and has stopped me from feeling sorry for myself. It’s just like the case of the man who felt sorry for himself because he had no shoes until he saw a man who had no feet.

Mike has got Diarohea now he has had it for a couple of days now. I thought that he was probably going to miss out on getting it as it is about a week or more since the other two had it.

I think I forgot to tell you the last news we heard about David Fraser. Well a few weeks ago Mum saw Jill’s mother and she said that Jill hadn’t heard from David and he hadn’t sent her any money since he left. Then last Sunday Rosemary Cameron (Ron’s wife) told us that he had borrowed someone else’s car and had smashed it up and he is in hospital but not too badly hurt. Jill’s father paid her plane fair over to see him and when Jill spoke to the psychiatrist he told her that David has got a split personality and he would like to be able to give him about 6-8 weeks treatment, which should fix him. 

How are you Darling? I hope you aren’t feeling too lonely or depressed as I know how horrible it can make you feel, just try thinking that there are others who are probably worse off than yourself and it sometimes makes you feel better, I know it does with me, sometimes anyway.

Well I must finish up for now Darling, hoping this finds you well and that you know and trust my very strong love for you.

Yours forever,

Sandra.

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Postmark 18th February, 1970

25 Blacket St.
Downer
A.C.T. 2602

(Mon) 16-2-70

My Dearest Jock,

So pleased to received your letter to-day and was pleased to hear that you were about to have a full night’s sleep, which you hadn’t had for sometime, and I hope you have been able to have plenty more sleep since. I just can’t understand the Army, because during a war a soldier needs to be able to be alert in case anything happens but how can he be if he doesn’t get enough rest.

Dad has been in bed all day to-day, he is very sick with the flu and hasn’t eaten anything all day and only ate about a mouth full of tea last night. I have been feeling a bit off all day to-day too and have got aches and pains all over me, so I hope I’m not in for it too. It would be just my luck though wouldn’t it, as I seem to be always getting some sickness or another. Michael has been much better to-day and I think that he may be right by tomorrow. I hope the boys don’t get the flu too.

Have you received the tape yet? I’m sorry I was so long in sending it, but i found it very difficult to talk on it, I think mostly because I wasn’t speaking to you privately as I can in a letter. Even though I may have been on my own when I spoke on it, you may not be alone when you are playing it back.

You still haven’t told me what you did to your knee. I love you Darling, and can’t wait to be with you again, the time seems to be passing so slowly doesn’t it? Sometimes I wish that I could just stay in bed and sleep for the next 8 months or so. But yet when I do sleep I only toss and turn and have some terrible dreams and nightmares. The other night I kept dreaming about snakes, and they were all through the house and I was terrified and then (this will make you laugh) I went to see Superman to ask him to come and get rid of the snakes for me.

Well it is getting rather late so I’d better finish up for now and turn the light out and get to sleep and I will try to dream about something nice, like you and me together making love. I only wish we were, I couldn’t think of anyone nicer.

So bye for now my love, and God Bless you,

Your ever loving wife and lover,

Sandra.

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Postmark 18th February, 1970

25 Blacket St.
Downer
A.C.T. 2602

(Tues) 17-2-70

My Darling Jock,

How are you Darling? Still lonely I guess, as I am but I guess that’s the way it will be until we are to-gether again. Dad was still too sick to eat breakfast this morning, and stayed in bed and I drove Mum over to Bowls and when I got back I rang for the Dr. to come and he said that Dad has got Hepetitis and Mum, the boys and I have to have injections to prevent us from getting it. I have an appointment at ten past four tomorrow for our injections. Luckily it seems to be only a mild attack of Hepetitis, the Dr. said, and Dad will have to be in bed for about 2 to 3 weeks before he will be well enough to get up, and he is only allowed to drink fluids and not to eat anything, and after you have had Hepetitis you have to be very careful what you eat for twelve months or more after it and no alcohol is allowed at all for that long either. So Dad will have to turn a Tee Tottaler.

Joan is getting married this weekend and Aunty Zerephy is going down to Sydney for it and Mum and Dad were going to go over and mind the Motel for her, but now that Dad is sick they can’t go, so she is just going to close the place up until she gets back.

I received a letter from your Mother to-day and also a second notice for the House Insurance Policy, and our electric light bill, but I think I should be able to get them paid next pay day, and a few other bills the pay day after, for the way it has worked out I won’t have to pay another car payment for the next two pay days.

By the way, you never told me whether you get the Australian Army newspaper or not, but I suppose you do though.

I feel as though I had lots of things I wanted to tell you in this letter, but I just can’t think of them now, except of course to tell you that I love you with all my heart and I could wait for you forever, because you are the only one for me and there just couldn’t be anyone else.

Well I must close now Sweetheart, and may God be with you always.

Yours Forever,

Sandra.

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