December 14th, 1944

Hello Darling;

Well dear your husband had a very exciting three days. There have just posted 25 of our fellows overseas and I thought for sure that I was one of them. Of the 6 of us that came down from Lachine I am the only one that is left. In fact I was so sure of it I was going to phone you last night and tell you. I would be home today on 14 days embarkation leave but I thought I would wait until today when I heard the final word, but luckily I missed it. So I think I am safe again for a couple of months.
Well dear I received your very nice letter and was glad to hear that everything is OK at home. I am certainly looking forward to getting home next Friday afternoon. I expect to be in at 5:25 as usual and I have until Thursday morning which makes a real nice time to look forward to dear. We are having a party tonight in the Corporals Club and I think it should be alright. The fellows that left today had one last night and they all left feeling pretty good.
I imagine that I will see a big difference in our little girl this time when I come home and I certainly miss you and her dear and I really feel good not having to go overseas for a while yet anyways, but I do not think that there will be another draft for quite a while now but you can expect anything when you are in the services.
Toronto really had some storm. I read about it in the papers. You are not snowed in down there are you dear? We had quite a bit here too but nothing like at home there.
I was just thinking dear of 2 years ago this New Years, boy the time has certainly slipped by hasn’t it. I never thought I would be this close to home at Christmas 1944 and we are going to make the most of every minute of it (especially at night) aren’t we dear?
By the way dear did you get anything for my mother and father and my aunt. Will you look after it please? You could get my dad some tobacco and some tie clips and my mother a sweater or a make up box and my aunt I think would like a pair of gloves or a subscription to the Readers Digest, they are only suggestions dear and if you have any ideas go ahead dear and get what you want.
Well dear that is about all for now but I will drop you another letter as soon as I hear from you so write soon darling and for now dear I love you very, very much.
Your loving husband, and Pop



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