March 8th, 1944

Hello darling;

Well dear what a lovely surprise you gave me when you called me yesterday and was very glad to hear all the good news. You really are quite a little “porker” aren’t you, now do as the nurse told you dear and do not eat those fattening foods, especially those candies.
I expect to be getting my week-end leave the week-end of the 18th that is in 2 weeks. I could either take it then or the following week so let me know when you would rather have me home darling. I guess I should wait until you are settled in your new place. It looks like you are not going to have any trouble at all getting into your new place. I am glad to hear that dear as I would not have liked you to be living in that other place as it would have driven your Mom nuts.
Well dear I have not done very much this week. Sunday night I went to the station show and Monday night I went as well and saw Robert Taylor in “Song of Russia”. Last night I stayed in and tonight they are having a dance on at the station but I don’t know whether to go or not.
Well old Tom is certainly quite glad with his whole “situation”, who would have thought it, but everybody is doing it now, its a good thing we got married when we did to something like that might have happened to us dear…HA
They are certainly giving us lots of lectures on V.D. I guess that the situation is really bad in Montreal. You almost have to wear rubber gloves to shake hands with a girl here.
Our meals are quite good now, we have ice cream 2 or 3 times a week and as much as you can eat and all the juice you can drink and that includes “cow squeezing” but none of these meals will look nearly as good as the ones we have in our own little place dear with our babies at the table and you looking as lovely as you are. It certainly is nice to look forward to dear, and it won’t be too soon to suit me. One of these days we will wake up to read about the big invasion starting and it should not be long after that to have this darn war over.
Darling, I have never been so happy as I have been since I have been married. I was just thinking this morning all those good times we had about this time last year, boy the time has gone fast hasn’t it? Gee I used to look forward to coming home at night to you dear and not to sleep either even though you did (HA HA). I shouldn’t think of those things like that to I’ll be running out the back door here and beating it down to Toronto, but we will catch up on all our loving dear, as soon as I get home for good. And there is an awful lot to be caught up with.
The weather down here has turned cold again but I think that this is going to be the last gasp of winter and before you know it spring will be here and you will have that little wonderful baby.
Well darling that is about all for now but I will write you on Sunday again and so dear loving you from the bottom of my heart.
Your very loving husband,

Bill

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March 5th, 1944

Hello darling;

Well dear I have just come in from having supper and I thought I would write my wife a nice long letter. I received your letter Friday and as I did not have very much news to tell you then I thought I would wait until today but I have not got very much to tell.
First darling I am glad that you are feeling better and that darn cold of yours has finally left you. I was getting very concerned that you were not taking good care of yourself and you did not go and see the doctor. But I am very happy to hear that you are on the mend and that you are happy.
I went to the hospital on Wednesday to visit Pere but he had been let out on Tuesday so I guess he must be ok now and not having too many difficulties from the accident.
I don’t know if you knew Paul Picard I think you met him once when you were down here. Anyways he was not feeling very well about 2 weeks ago and so he went into the hospital anyway, he died last night. I don’t know that the trouble was but he certainly went fast so as I knew him pretty well I might be asked to be an escort for his funeral.
Well I am going to go to the show as soon as I finish your letter dear. The picture is “Holiday Inn” and as I have not seen it yet I am rather looking forward to it. I went to church this morning and it was a really good service. We have been having real nice wether lately. It has been a little cold but every day has been bright and sunny.
Last Tuesday night I went to the station show and saw “Star of Russia”, I think that was the name. Wednesday night I stayed in as I had a touch of the flu, do I have you to blame for this dear? Wednesday night I saw “Cross of Lorraine” with Gene Kelly. I guess they are not showing these pictures in Toronto yet, it was a very good, but bloodthirsty picture.
Lloyd left on Friday for his weeks leave and I gave him a few pointers on how to get himself to become a father. I hope it all works out for him.
Gee dear I guess we really have a lot of clothes for our baby now, and only 6 more weeks to go. I can hardly wait for next month to come around so I can pass out all the cigars to the lads.
Well darling what is the news about you house, are you moving in next week and take it easy dear, don’t do any house work. I think you should spend the first night at our house dear. It will be real handy where you will end up as it will be real close to everybody and you can visit everyone with our baby. Marg and you can go out together and who knows I might be able to go out with my wife and little baby finally.
Well darling that is about all for now but I will drop you another few lines on Tuesday or Wednesday and so dear until then , from he bottom of my heart,
All my love, your very loving husband,

Bill

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March 1st, 1944

Bill darling;

Hello dear, here I am your very pregnant wife writing you a few lines to tell you that I am finally feeling better now that I have gotten over this darn cold.
Things have been pretty exciting around here with all the things we have to do with the upcoming move to our new house. I will be glad to be closer to the Danforth and be close with your Mom and Pop and Marg so that will be something that will ease my mind as the baby is so close to coming.
We have been packing up the house even if we do not have that many things to pack. Beverley has been trying to help me pack clothes but she is getting in the way more than she is helping. Mom is happy to be out of this house and she is exciting to be moving to a new place, and dear, this is the first time that I think I have seen her happy in quite some time. She is so excited to be back closer to her friends and Pop thinks that we will have some real happy times in the new house. I cannot believe that we will finally be living on Glebholme after living in the awful place so such a long time.
Darling, I have been getting so many baby clothes from so many people. First Jessie and Irene dropped in and gave me some lovely blankets for the baby and some clothes that they knitted. Then Jan came over and as I had not seen her in such a long time we had such a nice time catching up and talking about old times. She did not bring her baby with her as she left it with her parents to watch so she could make a day of it.
Then last night Dot dropped in for a very quick visit to drop off a lovely baby outfit that she picked up from the Eaton’s baby department. She did not even come all the way into the house dear, she just stood in the doorway as she was going out with her fellow for some supper. She was saying that she is still waiting for that ring that he promised her, but we know that she has been waiting for over 6 months and I am not sure that she will ever get that ring.
Marg and Aunt jessie cam over today to help us do some packing and I had a chance to have a chat with Marg in the kitchen. She is having some sickness in the morning still and I think that it might be nerves rather than being pregnant. She says that she still has so many things to do and get ready for seeing as she is still working. I told her to take it easy as you always told me dear, but she said that she has to keep on working to contribute to the household expenses. I just hope that those Simpsons do right by her when the baby comes along.
I was thinking dear, when you come home after this war is over where shall be staying? I am thinking that we will be living in your house with your parents but I have been thinking that we should be looking for a place of our own, but I know that we have lots of time to think of that once you are back home for good.
Well darling, that is all the news from here so with that I will say that I love you very very much and from the bottom of my heart, I love you
From your very very big wife,

Doreen

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February 28th, 1944

Hello darling;

Well here it is Monday afternoon and about time that I dropped my little wife a real nice letter. I got away OK darling and there was only 6 of us on the whole coach so we had lots of room to stretch our legs. I had a few naps on the trip and we arrived in about 7:30. Friday night I was in bed by 8 o’clock and Saturday night I went downtown and took in a show and on Sunday I just took it easy and I was on duty last night so that just a bout covers all my activities since I have been back here.
Tonight there is a good show on at the station and I think I will go to it. Well darling I had a real good leave thanks to you dear and I just hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I’ll be glad when the middle of next month rolls around and I become a pop, boy that will be a day for me to remember. Darling, I cannot say how much I enjoyed spending all that time with you and the family. I am so lucky to have you as my wife and I think that one of the best parts is that my family grew once I married you. Having your folks and your little sister become part of my family has been so wonderful and I cannot wait for us to start our family and adding to this crowd.
The weather is not to bad down here, it is snowing slightly but I really think that the worst is over and I just hope that you have nice weather so that you can get out a bit and have a little exercise.
Well darling what is the latest news on you house? I’m certainly glad to know that you will be back in the east end when our baby is born, you will be able to visit “Granny” Lewis quite often. You should start looking around for a nice carriage.
Poor old Lloyd is very sad about the whole thing he is trying so hard and he doesn’t seem to have having any luck at it at all. He was asking me what the knack is and I told him I would tell him when he gets a little older. I think they are trying so hard to be in the family way, and I think they should just try and enjoy the whole experience, if you know what I mean.
By the way I had a letter from Bob and he is in Scotland and he says that the Scotch girls have them all beat, they are even better than the French ones. I should know though, I married one and I’ll agree with him.
I am happy that Marg had some time away with us when I was down here and that we took her out for supper to get her mind off of what she is going through being there at the Simpsons house. I think that he really envies you and how you have such wonderful support and I know that you are a good friend to her as well and I think that is what she needs right now.
I have not been able to see Pere yet, the visiting days are Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday so I’ll go and see him for sure on Wednesday. It really is a shame what happens, falling down in front of that car. That is why I am so worried about you walking along the sidewalks when they are icy so please take care dear will you eh?
Well darling I think that is about all for now but I’ll drop you a few more lines around Thursday or so, and so darling until then all my love dear and just wait until May and I’ll show you how much that is and so,
All my love darling,

Bill

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February 16th, 1944

Hello darling;

I have just finished reading your last letter and also your very nice Valentine. I would have written sooner but I wanted to wait until I had definite news about my leave and I will be getting it next week so you go up to my Mothers place on Friday night. I don’t know whether I’ll be home on Friday night or not but I will certainly try my hardest and you know what happens when I try my hardest.
Well darling nothing very exciting has happened at all since I last wrote you. Mart Kenny is playing here on Friday for the “Coco Cola Co. of Canada LTD” so you should listen to him. Thursday night I slept all night and Saturday I went to the show downtown. Sunday I stayed in all day and went to the Rotary Club on Sunday night and had a dandy time playing pool. Tonight I guess I will go to the station again. Tuesday and Thursday nights I have to go to a course being held here so that will kill a couple of evenings a week.
Well darling I am getting more excited every day practicing to become a father and darling I don’t care how much it costs as long as you get the best care. How much do you weigh now darling a good 120 pounds? But I bet Marg will look huge besides you. I just hope that they will be as happy as you and I are darling and I really say that from the bottom of my heart darling. I’ve really been very happy since I’ve been married darling and only because you have made such a sweet loving wife.
The weather down here is quite mild now but we certainly had a cold spell last week and it really does get cold down here. I hope you are not taking chances dear going out when it is cold and slippery.
Lloyd got back from his weeks leave this morning and you know these newlyweds (ahem) he is really all tired out and not from the train ride either. His wife is smaller than you but you little girls are really dynamite aren’t you? He said he didn’t get any sleep at all the night before last.
Well darling I am afraid that is about all for now but I’ll drop you another few lines about Wednesday and give you all the information about my leave but it wouldn’t hurt for you to ask Pop is he would pick me up at the Danforth Station at 9:30 Friday night because I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting home then and so for now darling,
All my love

Bill

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February 13th, 1944

Hello dearest

Well darling I am sitting here the day before Valentines day and I am wishing you a happy Valentines day and thinking how lovely it would have been if you were here with me but you will be home soon enough so that is something that I can look forward to.
Everyone here is fine and last night I went over to see your Mom and Pop and they are doing just fine as well. It was certainly a cold walk over to se them but your Pop had the furnace going and we were all very comfortable when we sat in the front room. Your mom made a wonderful supper and dear, I think I ate more than 3 portions of everything. She also made a wonderful vanilla cake and she made me promise to take the left overs home.
So as you can see dear, I am certainly going to be very plump when you come home but I think that after the baby comes I will make sure that I get back to my weight that I was before I was expecting. I like it when I am close to 105 pounds so dear, you will just have to make due with less curves. Will that be OK for you?
I cannot recall darling who Tom is and when you say we used to chum around with him, are you talking about before the war and when we went dancing at the Palais? I think I know who you are speaking about about I cannot put a face to a name.
Little Beverly is getting so big now and she runs around the house screaming at the top of her lungs. She loves to hear the sound of her own voice and I think Mom sometimes it just at her wits end. She hands Beverley over to me and ask me to take her for a walk of take her outside and play in the snow which is getting more and more difficult for me as this belly on mine grows. Darling can you believe that we are only 2 months or so away from expecting our little baby to come along. I am so excited but also nervous about what to expect. Mom told me that there will be some pain at the beginning but I hope that the labour is quick and easy for me.
We had a visitor 2 nights ago and I was very excited to see Dot standing in the doorway. She came in and we had tea and scones but Dot decided that she would have some brandy with Mom. I think Dot may have been out before coming to see us and I think that it was not the first brandy of the night for her. I really do miss our chats at work and having some good laughs but she said that she would come around again and I certainly do hope that she does.
I have not seen Marg for a couple of days now and I am hoping the she is a little more excited to be expecting a family soon. It looks like she might be farther along than she originally thought but like me, I think she is now eating for 2 and the weight that she is putting on could be a little deceiving.
Well darling that is all the news for now and I will be seeing you in less than 4 days and for now what I will say is that I love you very very much and I cannot wait to see you back home and for us to have our special time together. So for now I will leave you with loving you form he bottom of my heart.
All my love,

Doreen

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February 9th, 1944

Hello darling;

Well here it is Wednesday afternoon and just about time that I dropped my wife a little bit of news in a little letter.
I am just fine dear and anxiously looking forward to seeing you soon. I have put my application in for my leave starting a week Monday. I should be able to get into Toronto by Saturday morning at the latest and I hope Friday night.
I received your package yesterday darling and I was very happy to get all those chocolates, even though dear that we have lots here it certainly made me smile think of you picking out the chocolates at Laura Secord. I do not know if you know but Tom, you know the fellow that we used to chum round with before the war, anyway it was s surprise to me that he got engaged. He certainly is a queer guy and I just hope he is as happily married as I am darling because you have made me very happy and contented and when I become a Pop I think I will be the happiest guy in the entire world.
How are you keeping yourself darling? I bet you will be like a little blimp when I come home and I really like you that way so how about getting nice and plump after the baby and staying that way eh?
Well dear I have had a rather quiet week so far. Sunday night I went to the station show and saw “Mrs Miniver” and I really thought it was a wonderful show. The boys were even crying during the show. Monday night I went to the show and saw “Ali Baba” and boy was a wonderful picture too and I would suggest that you see it right away when it comes to Toronto. Last night I stayed in the barracks and read a book on “Birth Control” and it was very interesting but I knew all about it. Tonight they are having a stage show so that is what I will be doing tonight. Tomorrow night the show on the station is “Higher and Higher” with Frank Sinatra so that sounds pretty good to me.
Well darling I think I love you more every time I come home if that is possible and I do a lot of day dreaming about all the fun we are going to have when we are together after the war and I just hope I make a good husband and father.
I get a big kick out of the boys down here who have just become fathers. They are just like a bunch of old women; discussing how much their babies weigh, what they eat, if they are speaking etc. but I guess i will be as bad as any of them when it is my turn.
Well darling I think that is about all the news for now but I will drop you another line on Friday or so and so darling loving you from the bottom of my heart.
Your loving husband,

Bill

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February 6th, 1944

Hello darling;

Well hear it is Sunday afternoon and I have just finished reading your letter darling. Boy I am certainly thinking about your last letter dear and I am very glad that we had some time to talk everything over when I was at home, even if we did only have those few moments when we were in bed together.
I am so sorry to hear about all the troubles that Marg is going through and I am very happy that you can take the time to support her and be there for her. It might even help her feel a bit better and I am sure that things will turn out OK.
Boy is it ever cold down here. I don’t think I will be going very far today. They are having a show on the station tonight so I think I will take it in.
I was just thinking about this time last week and I can’t wait until 2 weeks to come, it certainly is wonderful to be able to get home to you darling, it certainly keeps my morale up. I haven’t done an awful lot as usual this week. I saw the “Masquers” show and was rather disappointed in it but it wasn’t too bad and it was free anyway.
Wednesday night they wanted 50 Airmen to go to a concert and show downtown so I gave my name in and they took us down in a bus and it was very good. Thursday night I didn’t go out and Friday night I went to the station show. Saturday night Norm and I went downtown about 4 o’clock and had out supper down here. We then one to the Air Force house and took in a show after. Tomorrow night Ali Baba is going to the station show so that is where I will be.
Well darling I hope you are keeping well and feeling OK. I can’t get over how lovely you looked when I was home. You looked really radiant. You are certainly going to make a beautiful mother. I think that this married life certainly must agree with you. Well dear I guess we will just have to have a real large family (HA HA). Well darling take real good care of yourself won’t you, and don’t go out if it is slippery and wet and take it real easy.
Lloyd went on a weeks leave Friday and I told him to try and have a family and he don’t worry he will, and he is working on it (HA HA again).
Well darling I think that is about all for now but I will write you on Thursday again dear and so until then, from your loving husband,
All my love,

Bill

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February 1st, 1944

Hello Darling;

Just a few lines to let you know that I had a good trip and that I arrived back here ok. I managed to get a few winks in during the trip and we arrived about 7:20 so that wasn’t too bad at all. I felt rather tired but I had a sleep at noon hour for an hour and a half and I felt a lot better. Last night I went to the station show but was in bed by 10 o’clock so that also gave me a chance to catch up on my sleep.
Tonight the Eaton’s Masquers are putting on a show for us and I imagine that it will be very good. I wonder if they are from Toronto?
Well dear I certainly had a dandy weekend but of course as always it went to soon but we did have a lot of fun. As always dear I had a nice time with you and it was nice to see the folks and spend some time with them as well. I guess that I will put in for my leave commencing on the 21st of the month so that is just three weeks today.
I’ve been thinking of names for the baby dear and I think your choice is as good as any how do you like Allen and Alex but I think Gary is as good as any.
Well darling I’m afraid this is really going to be short so for now I’ll just close by saying all my love darling.
Your loving husband,

Bill

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January 26th, 1944

Hello dearest

Here it is Wednesday night dear and I thought I would write you a few lines seeing as you will heading back home soon and I am hoping to get this away so that you will have something to read once you return from your trip to Toronto.
I also wanted to get this down on paper in the event that we do not have a chance to talk about some interesting news that has happened around here. I am sure that we will be discussing it with your Mom and Pop when you are here but in the event that the topic does not come up I wanted to give you the news and you can read my letter once you return back to the station.
Last night Marg and Aunt Jessie came over for supper, and once I had put Beverly down for bed I came back downstairs to find Marg in tears and Aunt Jessie holding her. I was concerned that something had happened to Marg similar to what happen to me when I was down in Halifax. But it was quite the opposite dear, she was just besides herself and you can guess who is to blame.
She told Ted the good news about her expecting in the family way and he seemed excited at first. He told her that this was good news and that she will have to remain at the Simpson house until he gets chance to make any additional arrangements for where they will live once the baby comes.
Marg wants so badly to get out of that house and I cannot blame her. When I found out I was expecting dear, my Mom and your Mom were so loving and caring and made sure that I had all the right things to eat and lots of milk to drink. Poor Marg had a completely different reaction when she told the Simpsons that they were to become grandparents. Mrs Simpson, that old witch, told her that she would continue to do all the cleaning and washing and that once the baby comes that Marg would have to make sure that she still had a job so that she could contribute to the household expenses. Marg told Ted how she was feeling and that she did not want to stay there and Ted told Marg that she had to do what was best for the family and that she was to stay with the Simpsons as he thought that they could help her once the baby comes along. I think dear that he is being as supportive as he can give the circumstances.
Marg is just so sad and I wish I could help her but I am expecting our own baby in a few months and dear, looking at her in this state I am just so happy and thankful that I have you supporting me even when you are not at home.
So there you have it. That is the news that has been taking up most of Mom’s and my time as Aunt Jessie can’t be there for Marg in her time of need.
So this makes me think of when I say I love you and that I am so proud to be called your wife dear I truly do mean it. So for now I will will close and I will look for you at the station and amen sure that I do not run too fast into your arms.
With all my love,

Doreen

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