April 9, 1944
My Darling Mark
I got your letter of the 27th today & was very happy to hear from you honey. I got a letter from Mom today too. She told me that she called you up. I guess she was a little worried there for awhile.
I slept till 10:30 this morning & then went to 11:30 Mass & to communion. Then went to dinner – fried chicken!
I’m spending this afternoon catching up on my letter writing – from a prone position on my bunk.
Its raining & blowing today – yesterday it was really nice – we had a base ball game yesterday & I’m pretty sore & stiff today.
What are you going to do with all those letters you’re saving honey? Make a fire someday?
Take it easy on that dentist honey & don’t get too rough with him – maybe he’ll do the teeth kicking!
I went to a show here at camp last nite & seen “Melody Parade”, pretty good.
I wish I was back in the U.S.A. & K.C. honey with you. I don’t hear from Cec. very often – I guess I should write more often to him too. I’ll write him this afternoon for sure.
Have you seen Lu. or Cec. lately?
I don’t think I can have a picture taken around here honey – but if I can – I’ll send it to you.
Honey – you can send me some air mail stationery – its pretty hard to get here.
Honey – I’m sending a little “jet” cross in this letter. I got it while I was at Whitby. I hope it doesn’t get lost enroute.
Well – honey I’ll close for now. I’ll write again tomorrow. I love you & miss you honey. Bye for now. All My love to the sweetest girl in the world. Love Johnny
What did she do with all those letters?
She continued to save them. All the way through the war, until he came home.
We found them in her hope chest, a year after they both died. She kept them all those years without us even knowing about them. The letters became this book.