Vietnam Letters #27

Postmark 3rd March, 1970

25 Blacket St
Downer
ACT, 2602
(Sun) 1-3-70

My Dearest Jock,

Well here it is Sunday, another week gone by, but there are many more lonely weeks ahead of us yet. This morning when Mum and I went to Mass we took Michael with us and left the other two home with Dad, as the week before he was the only one that behaved himself and so I told the other two that they would have to stay home to-day so they may behave themselves next week. Then after mass I dressed John and Brian in their good clothes¬† and the boys and I went for a walk down the street to see Mrs. Townrow (it was her husband who took the parcel over to you for us). She is a very nice person and we had a great talk and she is quite excited as Dereck is coming home in about 16 days time. Did he deliver the parcel to you personally, or haven’t you met him? He is a warrant officer in Sigs. He has been shifted to Saigon just recently. She was telling me that he has always sent cigarrettes over to her, a few cartons at a time and she has never had to buy cigarrettes since he has been over there. So it wouldn’t be a bad idea if you could do the same thing, it would be a great saving as they are so cheap over there. I have been past her place a few times, but there never seemed to be anyone at home, so I took it that she must work, which she does. She has a daughter, Sandra, about 15 or 16 and a son Warren about 13 or 14. Poor old Susie Kelley died the other day, she was 86.

After Dad got over the flu he wasn’t feeling the best and went back to the Dr. who said that he had a Phosforate Gland, but isn’t too bad and should be able to fix it with medicine and may not need an operation. He has been much better since he has been taking the medicine. It is something that older people get and when it is very bad they are unable to pass urine and they have to have an operation. He has had the results of his chest X-ray, which showed that everything was O.K. and his heart is in good condition.

Well by now you would have been in the bush or the jungle for nearly a week, and I bet you will be pleased when the next 2 weeks are up and you are back in camp, and I will be too as it is a little less worrying when you are in the camp.

I think that I will go back to Berridale as soon as I get the car back, as I think Mum and Dad need a rest from the boys for a while. Joan and Angus were here for tea last night, Auntie Zerephy was to come too but yesterday afternoon she fell into a rose bush and was a bit shaken up from it, no-one knows how it happened, not even Zerephy, so she must have had a black-out or something. Joan is going to come and live with Aunty Zerephy after Easter, as Angus doesn’t want her to continue working, now that they are married and as he will be away a lot, she would be on her own in their flat down in Sydney.

By the way, what sort of tea do you get to drink over there? Is it the instant tea and do you like it? Mrs. Townrow was telling me that she has been sending Dereck tea-bags as he doesn’t like the instant tea. So let me know if you want some and I will send them over, or anything else that you would like me to send.¬†

This morning after Brian woke up and was standing up in his cot he started to jump up and down and clap his hand and said “Ray! Ray! Daddies here! Daddies here!” then he stopped and listened for a while and then, so dissapointingly said “Ow was Pop.” He must have thought he heard you.

Oh! Darling I wish it was you that he heard, I am missing you terribly and love you so very much, I hope things aren’t too rough for you over there, my thoughts and prayers are with you always. Hoping to hear from you soon.

Your ever loving wife,

Sandra.

xxxxxxx

Postmark 3rd March, 1970

25 Blacket St
Downer
ACT, 2602
(Mon) 2-3-70

My Darling Jock,

How are you my Dearest? Well I hope.

I still haven’t got the car back yet, but I suppose Ron has probably had to work a lot lately and hasn’t had much spare time to work on it. I have been feeling a little bit better lately, except for my love sickness for which there is no cure, without you. Gee I miss you Darling, sometimes I’m alright, but then other times I just don’t want to do anything else but mope around and feel awful, and it takes a lot to make myself snap out of it. I love you Darling and only wish I could express my feelings for you on paper, but there are really no words to describe my love for you. I love you with every little feeling in my whole body, and I can hardly wait for you to get back so that I can let you feel all those feelings that I have for you.

I’m afraid that I haven’t any news so will close now, hoping this finds you well and not too lonely.

Yours forever,

Sandra.

xxxxxx

Postmark 5th March, 1970

25 Blacket St
Downer
ACT, 2602
(Tues) 3-3-70

My Dearest Jock,

I was so pleased to receive your letter to-day Darling, and I hope they have taken some mail out to you by now. I also received a letter from your Mother to-day. I bet you will be pleased to get back to camp and have a shower and a good clean up. How have things been? Have you had any contact or trouble with the enemy?

I eventually got Brian’s bike painted it is a pale green with white wheels. The boys like it much better now as it is like a new bike.

By the way, I asked you in one letter about who the other two cousins in the army are. Do you know? That reminds me, I must answer John Gilbert’s letter as it is some time since I have written to him.

It is getting late and I am feeling rather cold so I think I will go to bed and switch the electric blanket on, and will finish this tomorrow so good night for now my love, see you in my dreams. xxxx

(Wed) 4-3-70

Ron brought the car back to-day, apparently he did quite a bit to it, I’m not very mechanically minded, but I think the Distributor was advanced too much, and the tappets were a bit loose, and he also had to put a few parts in it, a Water Pump Kit, and Condenser and Points and a Spark Plug. He said that it all came to about $16 but he doesn’t want anything for his work on it. I gave him $10 to-day and will pay him the rest next pay-day and will give him a bit extra too, as I didn’t expect him to do it for nothing, and he spent a lot of time on it. He also said that I should get a valve grind done on it sometime in the future. Now that I have got the car back I think I will go back to Berridale next Thurs or Fri of next week. I will have to wait until after pay day as I am almost broke and I want to pay Ron before I go.

Maggie just rang to see if she could come around and sleep the night here as she is on her own and a bit lonely, she has been going out to Nita and Kevin’s to sleep at night but it is a bit far to go each night.

Well I must close now Honey and get some tea ready, hoping this finds you well and still as much in love with me as I am with you.

All my love forever,

Sandra. xxxxxx.

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