Letter 6

Dagenham

Essex

14th February 1962

Dear Lena,

Thank you for your letter and the presents too.  We got the parcel a few days before Christmas but we couldn’t wait to open it.  Everyone was crowding around and acting as if it was Christmas Day.  They are lovely things.  We are all very pleased with them.  Mum and Jennifer asked me to thank you and your parents for them.

I am sorry it has been so long since I have written.  I’ve got no excuses.  I just haven’t got around to it.

You wrote ‘how does it feel to be engaged?’  I know one thing.  I don’t like saving!  I’ve never visited so many friends and relatives.  We don’t go dancing or to the cinema very much now and we decided we would get bored and perhaps argue a lot if we stayed in too much.  So, all we do is visit! I am tired of being sociable.  We have been engaged for 3 months now.  I can’t believe it is so long.  Yet, it seems years and years since Alan came home.

We tried to book a holiday at the camp in Dorset but we left it too late.  They were fully booked.  I was so disappointed.  I would have loved to go back there again.  Now, if ever I do I’ll be married.

I have still got your negatives that you sent to me.  I hope you don’t mind.  We haven’t completely forgotten them but when we do remember no one has any money to get them developed.  If you want them back quickly please say.

You must have read about the smallpox scare we had here.  Nobody I know worried about it too much until a man in Rainham (Essex) caught it.  Rainham is too near to be comfortable.  When it got so near everybody went to their doctors or the clinics to be vaccinated.  That was about 2 weeks ago.  We are all in agony at home now.  We are all walking around holding our sore arms.

Last weekend was the worst for the pain.  Now the smallpox scare is over we are all suffering and regretting we were ever worried about it.

Give my best wishes to your parents and Carl.

love

Maureen

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