Letter from Erline to LeGrand, Sunday nite
My dearest LeGrand,
I find so many who delight in talk
As poets oft have said, "Of books and things,
Of sealing wax and cabbages and kings."
But when I think of you, the path we walk,
The depths we fathom to our own content,
The myriad thoughts that, restless, come and go,
The secrets that the stars alone will know,
The dreams we share, the hopes and longings spent,
I grieve for him who knows not such a friend,
Who never shared his heart in twilight's fall,
Who never looked with dread upon the end
Of each brief visit, never felt the call
That love and confidence and trust extend.
He has not talked, nor thought, nor lived at all.
"The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide,
Above the world is stretched the sky
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther apart on either hand;
The soul can break the sky in two
And let the face of God shine through."
I wonder where you are and what you are doing tonite, LeGrand. I am wishing very much that I could see you. I wonder if you are at Wendover or in Tooele? I only got one letter from you last week. I surely appreciated it. You write such good thoughts in your letters. You are right, Joy is priceless, yet so easy to have.
LeGrand, I also hope I may have the privilege of living with you someday and do my best to make you happy. I hope I may be able to climb the ladder of success with you, and we may attain the highest degree of glory side by side.
Have you taken any more pictures lately?
My mother called me on the phone Friday nite. It sure seemed good to hear her voice. She surely does want us to come on the 24th. I surely hope you can come for that day. Come any time and stay as long as you can, LeGrand. You are always welcome. I am glad to see you anytime. If you should be in Wendover and not get enough letters don't think I am angry at you because I'm not. You remember how your mail was delayed when you were at Lakepoint. Please write whenever you can. Just seeing a letter from you makes my heart fill with joy and contentment.
I do hope you will be able to come this weekend. Mother will have roast chicken and what goes with it.
I paid my tithing again last nite.
I have paid an honest tithing since June 1. I always paid about $15 or $20 a year before but never kept account of what it should be.
LeGrand, I thank you for your good influence over me. It won't be so very long before you go to the mission home. I am so proud of you and I will be very proud when I see your honorable release in a frame. We will always keep it for everyone to see.
We worked Saturday to make up for having Armistice day off. I'm glad you stayed until Monday nite. I will be very glad when I can see "Henry" parked in the old familiar place again.
I think you have a very noble character LeGrand. May I be worthy of you someday?
Good nite, Sweetheart. You are a very nice person
Please write soon.
Don't work too hard and take care of yourself. May the spirit of Good watch over you.
All my Love,