27 May 1943 – Letter from Dad to Mom

Letter or Postcard – Letter

Sender – Ralph Peterson

Recipient – Phyllis Peterson

Postmark Place – Red Bank, New Jersey

Postmark Date – 28 May 1943

Letter Date – 27 May 1943


Hello Girls,

How are my two little sweethearts tonight? No letter from you today. What’s the trouble? You getting tired of writing to me? No? Come now, don’t lie to me. Tell me the truth. I’m sorry, honey. I didn’t mean that. It’s just that I got the crazy idea that I should get one or two letters a day, and when I miss one day I get so darn disappointed. Then I remember that I know that you don’t get one every day and I feel a little better. I’m going to try and send you one every day from now. The only day I will miss is Sunday, because the mail don’t go out on that day. But every other day I’m going to try and get one sent to you. I want you to do the same thing. Today was nice and sunny and very warm – the first nice day since I have been here. I don’t know what it will do tomorrow, but I suppose it will rain, as it usually does. I had my first test in sending today and I really came out good. The instructor said so, anyway. I am still doing good and I hope I keep on doing it. I sent that present I bought for you again today. This time I think it will stay wrapped. I tied it enough, anyway. This will be an awful short letter tonight, as we had a ball game, and as we always do we won. I will have to close now if I want to mail this tonight, so until tomorrow, honey, and a longer letter, all my love and kisses to my dearest wife and baby. Night now, honey, from your husband and daddy.

Notes: Interesting contrast between insecure Ralph the husband and supremely confident Ralph the ballplayer.

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