July 21st, 1943

Hello Dear;

Darling, I received your wee letter today and I am so glad that you wrote me and let me know that you made if back to Halifax in one piece.
Bill dear, I first want to say that I miss you so much already and having to say goodbye to you at Union station was one of the hardest things that I have ever had to do. We had such a wonderful time together and I got so used to acting like a married couple that having to say goodbye to that so soon almost broke my little heart in two.
Enough about that, let me tell you what has been going on here since you left. It has been decided that we are going to take a little time off an go up north somewhere for a vacation. It feels like I just came off an extended vacation but Mom needs all the help that she can get with Beverley so I guess I will be going with them. I am glad that I can still fit into my summer clothes after all the good food and all the good times (oh boy) that had down there. As to where we are going nothing has bene confirmed yet but I assume that we will either go up to Midland or maybe Jackson’s Point, we just need to find a place that is not too expensive for all of us.
As for going back to work dear, I have decided that I will wait until I come back from my summer vacation before I inquire back down at Eaton’s as I am not sure if I will have a job back there or not. I did ask my manager before I left Halifax if I could get a transfer back into my old department but you know he was an old fuddy duddy and I am sure he never got around to sending off the right forms.
I will make sure that after I write this letter that I sit right back down and write Mrs. Mullens to make sure that any mail is forwarded back to me here in Toronto as I do not want to miss getting my cheque. I can say dear that I do miss her terribly, as she was so good to me while I was down there especially during those darks times. She almost treated me as her second daughter and she made sure that I felt right at home.
Last night we went to the show with Irene and Jessie as Marg was not able to come out as she had to do some packing for her trip. I see nothing has changed since I left 6 months ago, as the Simpson clan will not let her out of their sight. I am sure things are tense and I have not had a chance to have a proper sit down with Marg since you left. I am sure that there are bunch of things that she will want to tell me, but she needs to get out of that house before she does and I have no intention of going over there and sit and talk with Mrs Simpson listening to everything we talk about.
I have not had a chance to go up and see your Mother and Pop yet dear, but I am planning on giving her call tonight and then maybe I will go up and see her tomorrow or the next day. It has ben so very warm here the last few nights that it has been almost unbearable to sleep. All the windows and doors are wide open and there is not a single breeze to be found. Bill just hold on to those things for me as I am not sure what I want to do with yet so I will let you know as soon as I have an idea about what I plan to do about coming back down or not. I guess it will all depends on work and a few other things.
So dear I will close now as I am so hot that the sweat is dripping off of me and I need to go and get something cool to drink otherwise I just might burst into flames. So loving you and missing you more and more every day.
Love from your anxious wife,

Doreen

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