March 7, 1944
Yours lovingly of the the 28 and 29 Feb. received this morning. Sorry about the lone
v-mail but the others must have showed up by now. I sure hope your luck was good
on your investment. You, as well as I, feel badly about that two day pass. Please try
to figure your money more closely to provide for the future. Getting a monthly
allotment gives me an opportunity to look ahead and plan for the month. I do, but
sometimes I wonder about you. You asked our financial state, sweet, and I had
purposely kept you in the dark for I wanted to reach a certain figure before disclosing
our present condition. I think we are darn close, so here Tis. I'd say we aren't doin’
badly, but that doesn't give us any reason to slow up. Heretofore, when I say I'm
broke, I don't say it meaning that we haven't a cent to our names, but that our
allotment won't see me through a given month. Our bank account reads $155. Our
bonds total $450, plus an additional $8 in 25¢ stamps toward the latest bond. Our
debts are as follows: Mom - $60; Betty - $20 (for my coat and bag); Adele's
insurance (due in April) $54; Adele's stroller $? (About $15 or $20) (I hope). I have
funds for the carriage, so actually we owe $134. Those debts, however, will be wiped
clean with my "large" overdue allotment check, which I figure should total about $152
or thereabouts. All in all I figure us to be close to $500 clear, “our" savings. How does
that make you feel? That, however, is strictly between you and me and no one else.
I saved all the money you sent me, managing as best I could on what I had or made
at Miss Hahn's. Incidentally, she called me today and I shall be working for her all
day Thursday. That extra money will see me through the month beautifully. Once
my $80 comes through regularly and I pay $40 board, I shall endeavor to save $10
monthly, but I'm counting on you to do the "Big" things. Both Moms would like to see
me return to work if the war continues. It would afford us a chance to save for a
home of our own. I know that I want my own home above all, but I don't wish to
purchase it (if we can some day) immediately after the war. I want to see, first, what
your earning power will be before I make any post-war plans. I want some thing
concrete to plan on. Guess that covers all. Any comments? (The $450 figure is
maturity value by the way). It would be worth approximately $340 if cashed in.
(I'm not thinking of returning to work, not at the moment, at any rate).
I mailed off the Milky Ways this morning and one of Ruth's packages for the English
children. I got the latter through on your request for razor blades. If you're wondering
what to write to fill up space at times, please, remember to request chocolate.I can't send packages unless I have requests and I doubt if I have more than one
on hand at present.
I expect to have the candy I ordered from Rae shortly and that will start off the
Ethel felt the baby drop and I think the latest Chase will make its appearance most any day. I shall have to return Ethel's hichair before Adele is finished using it. I don't care, for my mother has a friend who has one down her cellar and told my mother she could have it. I understand it's a nice one,,all wood, with a leather seat and in good condition. I'll need it til she's past two and that will see me through. That takes care of a carriage and a hichair and I feel lots better.
I doubt if you'll meet up with Milt for I hear he is headed for the Pacific. I have my fears about him more so than for any other one we know well, except Harry W. for Infantry never was to my liking. Bea Brown will be 16 on March 11 and is a regular "glamour babe."
March 18 is Goldie’s 23rd birthday, so try to remember it in one of your letters. By the way, did you ever get that letter off to her father? I haven’tt written, thanking them, for you said you would. Please do it immediately if you haven't. The address is: Mr. D. Silver, 502 Church Road, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. We had a card from Harry & Goldie and they are having a grand time
she immediately returns it. When I'm lying down, she comes over and puts her head down beside mine.
Dot called. She has her package ready to send out, but lost the request. I think I have one that I can spare. Don't forget to send requests!! When I told Dot I had bought another coat she was surprised. I didn’t tell anyone outside of the family what I paid for the fur coat or where I got it - so --I got them all thinking. I said I had gotten it at an unusual bargain price. Ellie's baby has the chicken pox, at the tender age of 9 months. Dot seems quite broken up, though she won't admit it." I'm afraid
I know her too well. She can't kid me, and I think she knows it.