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January 5th 1943 – Halifax N.S.
Dear Mom + Dad,
Well Mom, I got two letters here from you so I guess I better answer them before you come down and see what the hold-up is.
Yes we sure had a swell Xmas and I still don’t believe it. I’m glad to hear Sweetipie got lots. I don’t know what to buy for anyone. What should I get for Marg, has she mentioned anything she would like?
I hope Waugh comes down to see you all. He sure is a swell fellow one of the best. I will be glad when he gets back because it is awful lonely her all knew fellows. Do you remember Pat, the guy I used to bring down, well he was home on furlough and it was due on the 23rd so he stayed home for Xmas and was a.w.o.l. and he got 28 days detention.
I got Sweetipie’s picture alright and it was nice.
Tell the girls Waugh is pretty bashful so tell Bin to watch her swing shift and tell Marg to watch period.
I can’t think of much more to say for now so let me know what Marg would like.
Lots of Love