Hello My Darling,
A special hello today. I haven’t forgotten my husband’s birthday. Many, many happy returns. May God Bless you and keep you ever near me. I also must congratulate ourselves on our second week anniversary.
I received your most wonderful and welcomed letter today written Thursday. I sure am taking good care of me for you. I’m in bed by 9:00 o’clock every night. No night life for me (ever). I went shopping Thursday. It must have been 10:00 bells. Anyway, I’m all well and happy. Not even working hard.
I must tell you what happened today. Last night the checks were not ready at 4:00 or they should have been, but the people waited for them. Well, everything was O.K. until this morning and everybody started comparing wages. The Dope got 5 cent and 10 cent increases. Fabric and Assembly got 15 cent. Anyway, Alice A. got the same as the girls on the floor. The Dopes didn’t work from 7 to 9 at all. When Anderson, the soey. came we all went to him including Alice who blew her pot for all of us. Anyway, he quieted us down and said he would try and get us at least 5 cent more than the other department. Seeing is believing.
I can’t say that anyone worked all day. Everyone was too keyed up. I’m sorry. I know you don’t approve but I’m sure you don’t think that’s right. Us in danger, smell, dirt, heavy, men’s work. On untrained ladies and such. You can’t approve of them treating us that way. Anyway we have to wait and find out what happens.
To make a pleasant change about your rating, I sure hope we can make it. Not that we need the money so much but I want for you to get ahead. I have to show you off you know. You can do it easy for that reason alone and I can list more if necessary. I’m very sorry to hear you got taken out of your Ward. Is there any chance of getting that other deal that was cooking? Maybe it was meant to be this way.
What kind of sickness are you working with now? Is it the same line or not? Do you do the same things? Tell me all about it when you get a chance.
Sorry I didn’t finish this but read the next one, that will explain. I love you darling. See you soon.
March 14, 1943
How is my sweet darling this afternoon? Fine I hope. I’m O.K. but all tired out. I’m sorry I didn’t finish my other letter last evening but Addie came over and took mom and myself to the show. We saw, “The Nave Came Through.” It is really cute. There was a midnight show and we stayed for that too.
We got home about 12:45 and I got up at 8:30 this morning. Mom and I have been working every since. We did a washing this morning. Then downstairs bedroom curtains and my undies and stuff. She then started the mending and I did the ironing. We took time out for lunch about 12:30 and then back to work. We spent at least 45 minutes on each part of the curtains.
Well, I just finished dishes and Mom’s doing a bit of repair work to the close our day. Some quiet time 4:00 bells. Not bad for a Sunday. I called your house today but didn’t get to talk to Mother. Bernice answered and I talked to her. I want to know how many pictures to order. Mother doesn’t seem to think that any of the family would care for us together. Perhaps of you alone though. Please tell me what you think. It doesn’t matter one way or the other. So much for that.
Darling just think 5 more days and I get a check. Hope you’re not too broke. Let me know because I’ll have more than I expect because of that 10 cent raise. Darling I just must close. I’m so tired I can hardly hold this pen. I guess I’ve got an awful cold and sore throat and stuff. Don’t worry about me though. I’m taking care of myself as best I can. God Bless you sweetheart. See you around soon.
Your loving wife, Love,
P.S. Just think that right now I am your wife for good and always. I miss you but I got so much to think about. To plan for us. I’m not building air castles but I’m thinking about how happy we are going to be. Anyway, love is what we have and as long as we have that we needn’t worry.