Letter from Erline to LeGrand, October 14, 1940
Oct. 14, 1940
Did you get home O.K.? I wondered if you did, I surely hope so. Did you meet with the Stake Presidency? What did they say? Did they know when you will get your call?
LeGrand, thanks lots for coming. It makes life much better when I can see you. It gives me new pep and a determination to keep doing my best when I can see you once in awhile. It already seems like a week since you left and it was only yesterday since you left. I already miss you and hope you can come again soon. We have such fun together. Grandma [Anine Mantine Law] misses you too.
LeGrand, if I have done anything to make you angry please forgive me as I am sorry. I love to dance with you. I think waltzes were made for us, don't you?
LeGrand, I want you to know I am very proud of you and I still think you are swell. You're the nicest fellow I have met, or ever hope to meet. Remember you are always welcome to come whenever you can, and I will do my best to be more pleasant.
Sunday School Conference went fine yesterday. I am so proud of my S.S. class.
Last nite after church started, Bishop Baugh got up and said, "Erline, come up and sing in the Choir." I was so surprised I felt like running out the back door, but instead I walked up on the stand and past everyone and found a seat in the choir. After I got seated, I looked down and saw some of my Sunday School children looking up at me. They were all smiles, so I was glad I didn't take the back door out. (I don't know why he picks on me so, for I can't sing worth anything.) The next thing I know I will be called on to speak without any notice.
I gave my machine a good try tonite. I hemmed eleven flour sacks to make dish towels. I have more left to do. Mother said if I'd send them to her she would embroider them, so you bet I will. I sure do like my machine. It runs just as perfect as can be.
LeGrand, you are too good to me. Don't do so much for me, but use your money for your mission.
When you come up again bring your life insurance receipt back and make arrangements for it to be paid in Logan. I will be happy to pay it up until you get home. I can pay it when I pay mine, as it is with the same company.
"The Best Things in Life are Free"
The world wouldn't be so wonderful
If the best things of life weren't free,
If earth gave only to a few
How very small its joy would be!
The sun is pleasant to the eyes,
The ears may take in sweetest sounds,
There are the fragrances of flowers,
The cooling softness of green grounds.
And there's the wide night sky with stars,
The moon so round and silvery,
And all there is for folks to do
Is to open their minds and enjoy. —
To look into a baby's eyes,
To know someone's great love for you,
To rest at nite and live again,
It's a marvelous thing to do!
No one controls the world's best things
The missions together can't buy them,
For in their commonness God hides
Riches for all who can find them.
—Zelda Davis Howard.
"I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare;
I would be a friend of all the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift.
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up—and laugh—and love—and lift."
—Howard A. Walter.
Good nite Sweetheart.
May God Bless us with wisdom and understanding, that we may better do his will.
All my love to you.