Everyone But The General

28 Oct. 1942

My darling:

Got another letter today from the sweetest, most adorable person in the world. I came in the barracks this noon, I just knew there would be a letter from my darling, and sure enough there was one.

Yes, I did get your package, as I wrote you, and darling, I adore your picture. I’ve showed it to everyone but the general, and I just haven’t caught him yet. I’ll never be able to describe how I feel when I look at that picture. It makes me want to hold you tightly to me and tell you how much I love you. Each day, I realize more and more vividly how beautiful you are and how much you mean to me, to say nothing of how much I miss you and how lucky I feel that a girl like you has become my wife.

It sounds as though you had a rather lazy Sunday, Mrs. Hopkins. If your husband had been there, you’d have been busier, because he has millions of kisses to catch up on, and that would have been a wonderful time in which to do it.

It does seem wisest for us to wait until I am assigned before we do any moving around, but darling, it seems to long to wait. I’m nearly crazy for thinking of you, and I don’t know how I can stand it much longer. However, if we can’t make it, that’s just all there is to it, but it’s going to be awfully lonesome without you. The way things are, it would cost as much for me to go to the coast on my 10 days as it would for you to come and meet me, so we’re rather stymied for the time being. I’ve racked my brain almost to bits trying to figure a way in which we can have our cake and eat it, too, but for the life of me, I can’t figure it out. It evades me, if there is a solution. My darling, you have no idea how much I miss you. I’m sure I could get the money to do it on, but I hate to start married life in debt. Maybe something will turn up so that we can be together immediately after I graduate. If they would only assign us right away, it would really be grand, wouldn’t it? But from all indications, it’s almost a dead certainty that I’ll be assigned temporarily to the replacement center here, which would be for a period of anywhere from a week to two or three months. It’s really a problem, darling, believe me. I’d like to have you get the opportunity of being with your folks for a while, and I’m really going in circles trying to get everything squared around in my mind. There just has to be a solution somewhere, and I’ll find it yet or die trying.

I’m sorry your teeth are bothering you, darling. Hope you don’t have too much trouble with them. Wish your husband could be with you to give you what comfort he could. Sweetheart, you just don’t know how tenderly I would care for you.

I don’t know just what can be gotten right here at the present in the way of luggage, although they do have a fortnighter for something like $1350, which is a regular $2000 piece. I know that a steamer trunk can be ordered, but what the cost would be, I don’t know. The fortnighter, I’m sure can be gotten in the natural leather color. The first chance I get, which will probably not be before Tuesday afternoon. I’ll let you know about it as soon as I possibly can.

Darling, I’m sorry you are lonesome, because I’m so very lonesome myself. We have a lot of time to make up. I miss you terribly, Margie darling, and I’ll never be happy and contented again until we are together. In fact, the only really happy moments I’ve ever spent were with you. I don’t mean to say that I never had any good times before I met you, but after I met you, I realized that there had always been something missing before. You’ve brought something beautiful but indescribable into my life, and I’ll always feel grateful to the powers that be for bringing us together.

Goodnight, my sweet little princess. Remember that your husband, though neglectful and undeserving, loves you and misses you to an extent which cannot be described.

Lovingly, always
Your
Jim

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