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Topic: Pen and Paper (07/17/14)
TITLE: Letters from The Front
By Ellen Carr
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We've landed. There's not a lot I can tell you. Some things are hush hush. But I'm safe and I'm missing you a lot. As I hang around here in the trenches I remember walking down by the creek with you. It's a good memory ...
It made my day when your letter arrived. I was so excited that I dropped everything. Not literally of course! Mum wouldn't put up with a pile of broken cups right now! I'm so glad that you're alright.
The days are getting shorter now but, because of the rationing, we have to go easy on the candles and the coal for the fire. So I'm often in bed by eight thirty. At least it's warm there.
And we can't get some of our usual food. But, what am I talking about! Here I am with lots of comforts and you're out there doing the hard yards for us ...
I haven't heard from you for ages. I tell myself that it's just the slow mail of the war, but I do fret a bit, I admit. I know you're getting on OK but I would so much like to see an envelope with your writing on it in the letterbox. I think about you all the time and I'm so looking forward to when you come back.
I'm helping Mum in the garden a lot and we've managed to keep ourselves in vegetables. Sometimes a man comes around selling rabbits. I never fancied rabbit before the war, but it's meat. Mum and I are working out lots of rabbit recipes.
Rose had her baby so I'm an aunty now. It's a little girl. I wish you could see the dear little thing ...
With fondest regards,
Yesterday was a red letter day here. The mail arrived at dinner time and dinner had to wait. Everyone grabbed their mail and stopped everything to read it. I got five letters. There was Mum's, Fred's, and, best of all, two from you. And guess which ones I read first! Yours of course. The second one had caught up with the first. It was so good to hear your news. I think I could smell your perfume on the paper too.
I'm still alright but things have been pretty bad round here. My good mate, Ron, copped some shrapnel in his leg and things aren't looking good for that leg. I've had a bout of diarrhoea and that's no fun out here.
But things started looking up as soon as those letter from you arrived. I'm glad that you're keeping busy but I hope not too busy ...
My Dear, Dear Tom,
I was nearly beside myself when nothing had come from you for so long. But when I got your letter I did a jig right there at the letterbox. Syd Rollins was going past and he just stared, and then burst out laughing. But I didn't care.
Winter's set in with a vengeance and we're all rugging up with our woollies. I guess it's Summer over there, though I can't imagine warm weather right now.
I'm so sorry to hear about Ron's leg. I hope he's much better now. I hope you are keeping well too and there's been no more of the runs ...
With loving kisses,
My Dearest Tom, …
My Dear, Dear Tom, …
My Dearest Tom, ….
I still haven't heard from you since your letter of June 3. Are you alright? I am so worried that I've heard nothing. I know it's a war and all that, but I so much want to know that you're OK. Please write soon ...
My Darling Ethel,
Thank you for the three letters. They all arrived at once but that made them all the sweeter. The mail is so terribly slow and I was desperate to see your beautiful handwriting again.
It's stinking hot here and the place really smells as well. There have been a lot of casualties too. No-one that you know my dear one ...
Will you please be my girl, and wait for me, darling Ethel.
With deepest love,
Your own Tom.
January 16 1918
Tom Lawson, will you take this woman, Ethel Mitchell, to be your lawful wedded wife ...
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