Vietnam Letters #65

Postmark 7th July, 1970

James St
Berridale
N.S.W. 2628

(Mon) 6-7-70

My Dearest Jock,

Well here it is the end to another lonely day, without you, but yet it is one day closer to being with you again. Poor John has been very sick today, although he hasn’t got the Diarrehoa as he had yesterday, but he is very pale & all morning he just sat in the chair & didn’t go out to play with Mike & Brian, & he has hardly eaten a thing for about 2 1/2 days, I have been trying to get him to eat some bananas as they wouldn’t upset his tummy, but this morning it took him about 1 1/2 hours to eat 1/2 a banana, & at lunch time he managed to eat another 1/2 a banana, but after he got up from his sleep this afternoon he has seemed much better & he had a plain dry biscuit & had 1 banana for tea to-night, but he does seem to be much better, so maybe to-morrow he will feel like eating again. Mike & I are over ours now, & it is good to see some colour back in Mike’s cheeks, he had really rosy cheeks to-day & is as right as rain again. But Brian wasn’t the best to-night so I guess it is his turn for it.

Mother was to come home from Hospital to-day, but I didn’t go up as I wouldn’t like her to catch this wog, but I will probably go up to-morrow after the boys go to bed. How are you anyway Honey, I hope you haven’t had any more of your headackes & I hope your ear hasn’t given you any trouble. I guess you have got about another week to go before you will be back in camp, & I bet you are looking forward to that too.

I love you very much Darling and I am always thinking of you. I often think about things we have done to-gether & about how happy you make me. I love you Jock & just being with you is all the happiness I could wish for. You have been a wonderful husband to me, and a good father to the boys & they love you & miss you too. They talk about you often. Hardly a day goes past & they haven’t mentioned you at least two or three times. Like yesterday there was one piece of bread left in the packet after lunch & Mike said “We will leave that piece for Daddy when he comes home.” They are always leaving something for you when you come home. Like if I have given them some biscuits or lollies & one of them askes for more & I say no that they have had enough, then one of them will say to the other “You can’t eat them all or there will be none left for Daddy when he comes home.” Our thoughts & love are always with you Darling.

I will close for now Honey hoping this finds you well, just remember that I love you more than anything in all this world my Darling, may God be with you always,

Yours forever,

Sandra.

xxxxxx


Postmark 9th July, 1970

James St
Berridale
N.S.W. 2628

(Tues) 7-7-70

My Dearest Jock,

Well another day gone by & I haven’t heard from you, but I sincerely hope that you have been able to receive some of my mail, since you have been out bush. Since I have been taking the tonic that the Dr. gave me I haven’t been able to sleep very well, as it says on the bottle that it is to keep you alert, but last night was the first good nights sleep I’ve had since I’ve been taking it I slept like a log, & I just couldn’t wake up this morning. But I soon woke up when the boys came running into the bedroom to say that Nettie & Vernon were here, & I got such a shock when I looked at the time & it was 9.45, & I felt such a fool too, for them to catch me in bed at that hour. They were on their way to Cooma & just called in for a few minutes. They told me that Ken (the boy Shirley is marrying) only earns $24 a week, apparently he is doing an apprenticeship. So I have been worrying about them all the more now as they are going to find it hard to manage on that much, & if Shirley is pregnant, then she won’t be able to work for very long. I have just written to Shirley & said that I know how expencive a business it is getting married and all, & I offered to lend her my long white gloves that I had for our wedding, but that is all I can think of that I have got to lend her, & I also asked her if Ken has got a suit & if he hasn’t, that if he is about your size that I would send them your suit for him to try on. I hope you don’t mind me doing that. But under the circumstances I’m sure that you wouldn’t. As I have never seen him I don’t know what size he is, & your suit may not fit him, but I thought that I would like to try & help them if I could anyway. For on $24 a week I doubt if he could afford to buy a suit.

I bought a lottery ticket to-day & called it 7-7-70 (today’s date) I thought that with all those sevens it could be lucky. The stove has been smoking a lot lately & the other day I asked Barbara to ask Sandy, if he could come around one day & give me a hand to clean the flu, but as he is very busy, I guess it will be a while before he will be able to find the time. Lately I have been giving the flu a good hit with the broom & some of the soot has been falling down, & it goes alright for a while & then it starts to smoke again. The last few days it has been quite bad & I have only been able to keep a very small fire going in it all the time, with small pieces of wood. So I have decided that in the morning I will get up in the ceiling & give the flue a good banging to knock some of the soot down & then take the piece off the flue just above the stove & clean it with the brush as far as I can reach, & clean out the stove itself & see if it does any good. For as it is now I will have to let the stove go out & not light it & freeze & have no hot water or light the stove & still freeze as I have to leave the windows open to let the smoke out.

How are you anyway Darling? I guess that even though you are in the warm climate over there, you would love to be home here freezing with me. I miss you so very much my Darling & just long for the day when we are to-gether again.

Time is getting on as usual so I had better close for now Honey. May God Bless & protect you always.

Your everloving wife & lover,

Sandra.

xxxxxxxxxx

Postmark 9th July, 1970

9-7-70

My Dearest Sandra,

Well my dear here it is another re-supply day and boy will I be glad to see it as the tucker doesn’t seem to go far at all, I think it’s because of being wet and cold all the time. How are things going for you anyway dear? I sure hope you don’t get that bladder trouble again you had before. There is not much news over this way, except it’s still raining and verry muddy. Over all I’m not to bad lost a bit of weight but can soon put that back on. Next time you see Nancy, tell her I haven’t been to the P.X. to price tape recorders for the kids, but may get there next time I’m in Nui Dat, which should be in five or six days time so I shall try and see about them then. Haven’t thought much about the tape recorders to trade in or a new car yet but shall decide about that later. Haven’t much time for writing again as I have to go and secure the landing zone for the choppers to come in and drop the re-sub in . Well dear there is not much time and news so I will finish up now hoping to get your mail in to-day. I love you Sandra. And always will starting to rain must go. Am always loveing you Sandra.

All my love, Jock. xxxxx.


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