Letter from Erline to LeGrand, December 5, 1940
Dec. 4, 1940
My dearest LeGrand,
I just got a letter from you and you say you haven't heard from me. You should have gotten a letter last Sat. and one Tues. 3 and Thurs. 5. Does someone call for your mail? Last Monday morning I sent you a cake and a roast chicken. You should have received it Tuesday. You wrote your last letter on Wed. I do hope it isn't gotten lost in the mail. If it is delayed It will be spoiled.
I hope that sending this letter Special hasn't bothered you, but I wanted to make sure you got this one.
I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life—
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day—
Not a reproach,
But a song.
To Err is human; to forgive divine.—Pope
I went to work today. Instead of eating dinner I just crawled up on my cutting table and slept.
Tonite is the first square meal I have eaten since Saturday. I had two steaks and nothing else. I have eaten a few oranges while I've been sick, but there is no strength in them. I went to the doctor yesterday. To Dr. Hale I had my backbone fixed.
The flu settled in my back so I couldn't hardly move so I had to go. I called a taxi and went to his house. My gosh! What treatment, my neck is still stiff, but my back feels like a million. He says my backbone is perfectly straight now.
Thanks so much for your grand letters LeGrand. They are so welcome. I wish I could have been to church with you Sunday evening. I imagine you bore your testimony very well. The humble ones goes the farthest in a person's heart.
I sure do miss you LeGrand. I will sure be thankful when I can see you again.
Has Marvin seen Dorothy lately? Does he call her on the phone?
It would be a wonderful Christmas if you were here. My mom wants us for Christmas dinner. She says we'll have a jolly time. She'll have a nice Xmas tree. She's going to make cookies, candy, donuts, pie, cake, and popcorn balls besides dinner. But then you know best what you should do. I'll keep your Xmas presents until you come. If I send them in the mail they might be damaged. If you aren't here for Christmas please be here for New Years.
I must be going to bed. Grandma is sick. I'll fix her a hot lemonade and put her to bed.
Call me sometime.
My best thoughts are of you.
All my love—