Vietnam Letters #63

Postmark 2nd July, 1970

James Street
Berridale
N.S.W. 2628

(Wed) 1-7-70

My Dearest Jock,

Well here it is the beginning of another lonely month for the both of us, & many more like us. I just hope that it doesn’t go by too slowly. I suppose that it is better to think that another month has ended, rather than another one beginning, which means that we are one month closer to being together Darling.

I eventally got around to writting to Mum & Dad to-day. I guess that, that is a good thing about me not feeling well, as I can catch up on some letter writting when I don’t feel up to doing any work.

I was telling you about yesterdays strong winds in last night’s letter, well to-day the wind has been even stronger & even though it was very windy yesterday, it wasn’t very cold, but to-day has been quite cold & we have had a bit of snow & rain with the wind, & to-night I had to put the electric heater on as well as the stove & the wood heater. Even though that electric heater doesn’t get very hot it has made a difference to the room temperature.

Remember I told you in one of my letters that I had lost my copper ring, well I found it the other day, I remember now that I took it off one day when I was washing my hair in the shower, & I put it on the middle shelf of the soap rack in the shower, & I found it the other day, when I put my washer on the same shelf  & then when I picked my washer up the ring fell down so I hadn’t lost it after all, it was just my absent mind that had forgotten where I had put it.

Well Corpral how are things going for you? I hope you are doing well in your new position.

I miss you very much Darling & I am always thinking about you. To-day I was thinking about the first time we met, & I had my hair in rollers. It’s funny how things work out isn’t it? I didn’t like the idea of going down town with my hair in rollers that day, but if I hadn’t have, we wouldn’t have met, & we have Slim & Rennie to thank for that. But most of all I thank God. I always thank God for giving you to me, as you are the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me, & you are my whole life & I love you very, very much. The boys are always thinking of you too & they are always talking about you, like to-day, when Brian didn’t want to eat his dinner John said to him, “if you don’t eat up your dinner you won’t grow a big boy, & when we grow big boys Daddy is going to take us out in the bush & teach us to use our gun, Bert gave us.” Well I must close for now my love, hopeing this finds you well, & may God Bless & Protect you,

Yours Always,

Sandra.

XXXXX


Postmark 3rd July, 1970

James Street
Berridale
N.S.W. 2628

(Thurs) 2-7-70

My Dearest Jock,

Well here I am again & as usual it is very late, I have just written a letter to Jeanette & another one to Mum & Dad. I received a letter from Mum to-day, as I was about to go down & post one to them. She told me that she had, had a letter from Mary telling her that Shirley & Ken re to be married on the 1st Aug., & so they want Mum & Dad to take the boys & I up for the wedding & for us to stay there with them fo as long as we wish. Dad suggested that we stay there & Mum & Dad will take John’s caravan & go on a tour & pick us up on they way back. But I don’t know about that, if I do stay it will only befot a few days or a week at the most, as Mary & I don’t have anything in common, & I can’t say that I enjoy her company very much, & although we haven’t clashed before, we may do, if I was to stay there with her for very long. Mum & Dad can still go on their trip & the boys & I can come home by plane or train. I must say that when I heard that Shirley was getting married, it upset me & worried me quite a bit. Although I have always hoped that she would finde the right boy & get married soon, even though she is still very young, she is only 16 but will be 17 in Oct. But if he was to find the right boy & get married, sh would have some happiness & love, which she as never had at home. But why it has worried me, is because of the letter she wrote me  not so long ago, when she was all mixd up as to whether she loved Ken or Phillip, & I only hope & pray that Ken is the right boy for her. They are only going to have a quiet wedding with about 40 guests & they are catering for it themselves. So I take it, tat by the short engagement & the quiet wedding Shirley must be pregnant, & if it is right about Mary being pregnant, then for the first time in Shirley’s life, they will have something in common.

I feel that I would like to spend a good bit on a wedding present for them. For they are only young & I don’t know what he does, but I don’t suppose he would be earning very much.I was thinking of tgetting them an electric fry pan, they cost about $32 & I can afford it at the moment, but I hope you don’t think that I am spending too much money. Dear, if you do let me know & I will et something less exensive.

Nancy called in this evening and said that mother will be coming out of hospital on Sunday, & she has a torn ligament in her knee & Artheritis has set in as well, so this cold weather we are having won’t help it either.

I bought a cartrige for your pen to-day, but I will send it a bit later on as I guess you wouldn’t have taken the empty pen out bush wth you. I will snd it a few days before you are due back in camp.

I thought that I may get into town one day thise week to see Mother in hospital, I thought that I would probably go to-morrow, but I am all behind with my work, I seem to be only able to do the bare nesesities & I don’t feel up to going into town. But I sent her a get well card to-day. I did her washing on Tues. but so far I have on.ly ironed about five things, I hope I can manage to get the ironing finished before she comes home on Sunday.

I must finish up for now my Dearest and get to bed, often when I sit down to write you a letter, I think that I will only write a short note but it always turns out to be 2 or 3 pages. Once I start writing to you  feel that I could keep on writing all night. I love you very much Darling & writting to you is the only way I can share my life with you, but let’s hope that it won’t be long before we can really share our lives to-gether.  Well I had better  finish up or before I know it I will have written another page & I will be later still to bed, as it is almost midnight now, so Bye for now my love, & just remember that you have all my love & thoughts always,

May God Bless you & be with you always,

You everloving wife,

Sandra. XXXXXX.

Postmark 4th July, 1970

James Street
Berridale
N.S.W. 2628

(Fri) 3-7-70

My Darling Jock,

Ho are you getting along Darling? I guess you are getting few up with being out bush & being wet & tired & dirty & all the rest that goes with it. I always pray that God will give you all strength & courage to persevere your time over there. For I know that it must be a terrible mental strain for you all, and no matter how brave a man is, I’m sure that you all have many moments of fear. I love you my Darling, & I pray very hard for you, & I pray that the time will not pass too slowly for you, until you are home again. It will be just wonderful for us all to be to-gether again my Darling, as we miss you very much.

I took some of the washing & a pot of soup up to your father this evening, & to-night I managed to get a bit more of the ironing done, & will finish the rest to-morrow, I hope as I’d like to get it done before Mother comes home on Sunday.

At the moment I am feeling very empty & hungry, as all I had for tea was a banana & a pot of tea, & I have had a couple more bananas since then & am no having another pot of tea. I guess you are wondering why. No I am not on a diet. Michael has been pretty sick with the Diarrhoea, the poor fellow has had it badly & has had quite a few accidents to-day, & I have been giving him Kaomagma & nothing to eat except bananas & boiled water which is the quickest & best way to get rid of it, & then this afternoon I was feeling terribly sick in the stomacke & so I have been on the same treatment. At tea time I didn’t mind it at all, as I didn’t feel like eating a thing, but I forced myself to eat a banana as I thought that I had better have something, but now I am feeling very hungry & am tempted to eat something, but if I do I will probably be sick again, so I guess it is better to be hungry for a while, than sick for a few days or more.

By the way Honey, don’t forget to see if you can get a steam Iron over there, if & when you get the chance, which I know isn’t very often.

Well my Darling I must close now & get to bed, hoping you will be able to get a letter out to me soon, & hoping that you have been able to receive some of my mail.

May God be with you always,

Your true & everloving wife,

Sandra.

XXXXXXX

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