My Darling Sweetheart,
I don't think I have ever been much happier (except when I have been with you) as when I read your sweet letters tonight. I had four of them dated 8, 9, 11, 14th. The first three were the sweetest. I think you were rather blue when you wrote the other. I know how it is not to get any mail and then you, no doubt, had other reasons too. Don't feel too badly, darling. There is still plenty of time and anyway, in our prayers we have asked the Lord's help and direction as we are unable to see. There are many reasons, I suppose. How can you know for sure now?
I think it's possible I'll send you to the Manx again in two or three months. Does that make you feel better? Will you like that? Of course I can't say definitely as yet until I get the final word from the "Doc."
Gene, sweetheart, I feel much better now that I have heard from you and know how you felt about the way I had to leave. I liked the way you put it, to always leave as though you were expecting to see me very soon. You are very sweet and understanding, my darling.
Darling, you asked me what I thought about you getting another job. I think that while you are finishing up your present work, you ought to keep your eyes open and inquire around a little and probably something good may open up. I don't think you ought to take any job just for a good salary, but if you'll watch and inquire a little, you will probably find something you'll like and will be a little more regular. Don't you think so too?
|Perry at his sister Hazel's house in Salt Lake City, 1958,|
with Hazel's husband, Walter, and son, David
I'll mail this tonight and hope I'll get one from you tomorrow. It can't be very much longer now until you get some mail. I know you must be getting very impatient. I love you darling, Perry
June 20, 1945 (Wednesday morning)
Dearest husband Perry,
Remember you said you would like me to type you a letter sometime? Well, here I am. I am at the Service Enameling Company and will be working here for about 4 or 5 days. One of the kids at the Bishop's office called me yesterday and asked me if I would like to do a little office work for a few days. As our work is somewhat slow now down at the gift shop, I thought I might as well earn a little more money. So here I sit at a desk in a Mr. Lang's office. All I'm supposed to do for the time being is answer the telephone. Mr. Lang said I could use his typewriter and type you a letter, and besides that, there is a radio in here too--and for this I'll collect $5 per day. I think there must be a catch somewhere!!
I didn't get to write you last night. I was over at mother's trying to fix a dress to wear for today. It got so late that mother made me stay for the night. So I told myself I would write you this morning. I worked till 5:00 o'clock last evening at the shop. I was alone all day yesterday too--Viola didn't come in.
Perry, why am I not hearing from you? It's been so long. Every day I say, "Maybe tomorrow. . ." But of course it's not your fault. I love you so, my Perry. I get awfully anxious about you when I don't here from you, but I don't worry cause I know that the Lord is with you. I pray always that His Spirit be with you to protect you and guide you. All I want is for the war to end so that I can have you back again, my husband.
(Later) My typing isn't so good. I've gotten pretty stale on it. I'd rather write to you this way anyhow. Have you left Hawaii, Perry, or are you still there? Wish I were there with you. I would like very much to go there sometime. Did you find me a little white blouse in Hawaii? Someone told me that prices are terrible there. Maybe you had better not try to get anything there, sweetheart, if they are too expensive. You can take me shopping again when you get back to the states, Perry. I surely do love the things you choose for me, darling. You have such good taste. Please come home and take me shopping again.
There's not much more to write for now, darling, till I hear from you. I do hope I get a letter soon. I love you, Perry. Your devoted wife, Gene
June 21, 1945
My Darling Wife,
No letter today, but then with mail service being what it is, a letter every day is too much to expect. Anyway, you still haven't received my mail yet so why should I complain. I received a letter from Genevieve. The boys surely were pleased about the Japanese money I sent them. They also asked if I could send them some sea shells so I wonder if you would send them about 5 or 6 of those I sent you and then I'll get them some more later. (Just for a sample.)
The watch is really swell, Gene, and surely convenient. I haven't had a very good chance to test its accuracy because we have been changing the clocks so much. Every time I look at it, I think of you and that funny time when we missed the street car. It's quite a pleasant time to remember, don't you think? All of my times with you are pleasant though, sweetheart. I keep thinking of all the things I could and would like to do if I were back there. I have plenty of ideas, but I'll never know if they will work or not until I can get out of the Navy. Guess I will just have to pray for "patience to wait and constancy to endure."
Guess I wasn't in the mood last night. I just couldn't finish this. Thought I'd wait for a letter, but still no letter came again today. I haven't even received a letter from home since I arrived here so I think there must be a tie-up in the mail situation someplace. I received three letters from some of my friends scolding me for not ever writing to them. Really makes me feel ashamed of myself for I know I should have written them long ago. All in all, I feel as though I am being picked on tonight.
Darling, I surely do long to be back there with you. I really don't feel much good without you. Guess maybe you really are my better half. I love you very much, my darling, and will love you forever. Always yours, Perry