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April 21, 1942.




“HELLO YOU,

AREN’T YOU ASHAMED OF YOURSELF? YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR HEAD EXAMINED. PICKING A FIGHT WITH A GUY FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN THAT THE REMINDS YOU OF HENRY – AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A MARINE. AFTER ALL, I DON’T BLAME THE GUY FOR BEING SURE AT YOU – IT WAS THE SECOND TIME IN TWO WEEKS THAT YOU GOT THE WHOLE GANG PUNISHED FOR SOMETHING YOU WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR. IF YOU KEEP THIS UP, YOU’LL NEVER BE ANYTHING BUT A PRIVATE. AND BESIDES THE FELLOWS WON’T LIKE YOU AT ALL. IT ISN’T FUNNY – IT’S VERY SILLY AND CHILDISH TO BE THINKING OF CRAZY THINGS T TO DO WHILE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LEARNING TO DEFEND YOUR COUNTRY AND STUFF LIKE THAT THERE. ANY RESEMBLANCE TO ANY PERSON WHO IS ANGRY RIGHT NOW IS NOT PURELY COINCIDENTAL, IT’S THE REAL THING. I’M LOSING MY PATIENCE WITH YOU. ALL ALONG I THOUGHT YOU WERE A SWELL GUY AND MORE THAN THAT A SWELL GUY WITH A SWELL DISPOSITION, BOY WAS I EVER FOOLED. UNTIL YOU WRITE ME THAT YOU THINK YOU’VE GROWN UP SUFFICIENTLY TO STOP MAKING A GOON OF YOURSELF, DON’T EXPECT A LETTER FROM MY. IF I DON’T CARE SO MUCH FOR YOU, THIS WOULDN’T BOTHER ME SO MUCH. BUT I LOVE YOU, AND I WANT TO THINK OF YOU AS BEING JUST ABOUT PERFECT. ANYTHING AS SMALL AND KIDISH AS THE STUFF YOU’VE BEEN PULLING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS JUST DOESN’T GO WITH MY IDEA OF THE GUY I  WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH IF YOU’RE GOING AROUND DOING THINGS LIKE THAT, YOU ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO THINK OF BEING MARRIED.IF YOU CAN READ THIS AND MAKE UP YOUR MIND THAT YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE, THAT WILL SHOW ME THAT YOU ARE MY JACK AFTER ALL. BUT — IF YOU READ THIS AND GET SO MAD THAT YOU PROMPTLY GO OFF AND DO SOME WACKY THING TO LET OFF STEAM, THEN YOU CAN CROSS ME OFF YOUR LIST. MAYBE THESE ARE HARSH WORDS, PARTNER, BUT I CAN’T LET A THING LIKE THIS SIT BACK IN MY MIND AND NOT GET IT OFF TO PAPER.

PLEASE JACK, MORE YOUR OWN SAKE THAN MIND, GROW UP  A LITTLE. ALL THESE THINGS WILL GO AGAINST YOU IN THE LONG RUN, BESIDES MAKING YOU VERY UNPOPULAR WITH THE OTHER FELLOWS. YOU ALWAYS WERE SO DARN SWELL WITH ME THAT I NEVER THOUGHT YOU EVER WERE LIKE THIS.

I’M DEBATING WITH MYSELF WEATHER OR NOT TO SEND THIS. PLEASE PARDON ALL OF MY MISTAKES IN TYPING BUT I HAD A LITTLE ON MY MIND AND IT AFFECTED MY TYPING, COULD BE.

PLEASE ANSWER IN A HURRY.”

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