Saturday, May 16, 2015

February 27, 1927

My own,

How long - how long? Another Sunday evening service with all the young couples arrayed - and I alone - and you alone!  I think I'll ask Congress to pass a a\law making Easter come on the first Sunday of March. Something will have to be done.

Yesterday, a young chap from Cinti - now a student at Miami came in and we had him until this afternoon. He's a boy who lived in the same house with us 15 or 16 years ago. He's 22 now and a dandy young fellow. (And he has a Dotty, too, but as I remember her, not nearly so nice as mine.) I took him to a picture show last night - and it was the same thing over again - couples everywhere. Don't it make one lonesome?

Homer took ill yesterday A.M. and was suffering terribly - acute gastritis - in the afternoon; I went up at about 2:30 and stayed until 5:30 when he was resting pretty easily; today he was up and pretty well over his attack.

He has two small trunks and one of the overseas trunks. He also has two large suitcases, really sample cases, which will hold together more than a small trunk.  Any or all of these we can have for the asking. So if you'd like me to bring some of them - I'll get them.

I find it hard to write how I feel about my sweetheart. Just to say "I love you" is a repetition which though trite, covers the subject. There's so much I feel I'd like to say, and yet when I'm with you, it's enough, it seems, just to hold you in my arms, to realize that my good fortune is real. I wonder why we never actually met sooner, and then I wonder how we both were willing to work so fast. I'm not sorry, Sweetheart, I'm too glad to get you to spend much time thinking about whys and wherefores. You have been in my eyes everything that is beautiful and good and desirable. When you said you'd trust your life to me, you gave me something to live for, work for, do for. I didn't know how much a girl could mean in a chap's life until you said "yes". When you could show your confidence in me that much, it meant to me that I must always deserve that confidence. I'm always thinking, "She must never regret her choice." God willing, I'll be a good husband to my Dot.

My dearest one, the time is growing short. If you plan on being home for a week or two, soon you must give up the store. I'd like for the last week before our marriage to be one of rest for you as much as is possible. You deserve and need a few days. As sure as you don't take the opportunity to rest then,  I'll put you to bed and keep you there when I get you.

Has the lumbago completely left, and are you feeling O.K.? We're all rather worried about your continuing in the drafts at the store. I want you to take care of yourself. God bless you and keep you and send you to me soon, my little wife.


We're not forgetting the 11 & 12 of March. Are you planning a visit still?  Can you come on the 9th? Capital City Lodge has a dance to which we have been invited. I'm sure Russ and Sue would be welcomed, too - can't you all come a little early for the tournament? I love you - A

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

February 25, 1927

Dearest -

One step further from starvation. I had a rather pleasant shock today. Mr. Knepper called me in and asked me how long I had been there. I told him since October 12, something over 4 months. He then told me that my work the past week justified an increase and added 5.00 to the weekly tally. So you see, though we'll not have munificent riches on which to try to get along, we will be faring comparitively well for a young lawyer and his equally young - no younger - bride.

But what makes me a little more vain and conceited is what he said later. "If you keep on, you'll make a good lawyer." Probably what earned the increase was a lucky settlement. On a bluff, on my part, I secured a payment of $155.95 from an insurance co. conferring a direct benefit on the Co. I represented, and an indirect benefit on a third Co., (incidentally earning two if not three fees for the firm). I'll tell you the circumstances one of these days. I had only one statement in my file, and although it was good, I doubt if it was enough to justify the other company in paying. Its my guess that they know something that I didn't, but that they thought I knew.

Mother has pressed my head a little to keep it from swelling, but I'd like to be in Lima now where you could do as much for me. I wish really I could see you oftener. The only solace I find is in thinking from day to day that you'll soon be with me. I know it's going to be a wonderful feeling to have you. I like to shut my eyes and think of coming home to have you meet me at the door; and then sitting here with you of an evening; or of going somewhere with you. I sometimes regret that I've started to be a "regular" at the Lodge because I remember that I'll be away from you. But on nights when I go out on investigations, I've decided that you'll go along, and what might be an arduous duty will become a pleasant task.

I can't picture anything nicer than to be married to you. To call you my sweetheart for all our lives is my first ambition. I'm thanking God for a lot tonight. Everything in my life has been almost a bed of roses; everything has come my way that was at all good for me to have. I've been fortunate in friendship, in work, and especially in love. I've won a beautiful and precious mate, and I'm trusting to Him to give us a long and useful life together.

I'd like sometime to be as good, for instance, to some boy, as Mr. Young was to me. I'd like to be of as much help to some other lad as any number of teachers and friends have been to me. I'd like sometime to make someone as anxious to do something for me as I am now to work for Knepper & Wilcox. And I'd like to be as good a husband to you as your dad was to your mother, or my dad is to my mother. (And I'd like for us someday to be as good parents to some little kiddies as our parents have been to us.)

I love you, Dot, more than I can tell you. Hurry and sell that store!