»  Letter: Wednesday, April 17, 1974

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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From
Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue
Delapre
Northampton NNP P4X
England

Please forward if gone away
    Thank you

To
Mr John Derbyshire Bsc
2, Harbor Lane
New Rochelle
N.Y. 10805
U.S.A.

April 17th

My dearest Son,

at last, it is 4 weeks since your last letter & you know how we worry, I didn't write as I thought you might have moved on. I am sorry about your jobs[1] love, but there'll be something else. are you still trying for a visa? It really worries us. Anyway very pleased about your car & passing the test. Take care my love. The longing to see & hear you overwhelms me at times & tears flow freely. Its somehow mingled with all the sad womenfolk of the whole world whose sons & husbands are for some reason absent from them. You'll think me a silly old fool son, I'm afraid of so many things, but I chide myself for being so selfish, but now with Judy & Allan & Tess going so far away, I feel worse. Silly, stupid mother. I know Dad can't change, but I think if we could go about together life wouldn't be so dreary. I'm not much for Women's clubs etc., & if I had a part-time job should lose my pension. I do sound an old misery don't I, it's just one of those "down" moods & won't last long.

Judy & family have been in Ireland over Easter, at the Daileys' cottage in County Kerry. Weather has been mixed, mostly dull, very cold winds with the odd bit of sun. The garden is a picture, with all the Spring flowers & trees budding, we have got it all in order & I want to start some painting. We had an estimate to do just the two ceilings downstairs, £46, promptly turned down, so in a week or two we are doing it ourselves. It's extortionate. We are wondering how Enid is faring in Lebanon with all the carry on there. Dad has gone to town to do some shopping. I don't know what I should do without him though I could bash him at times!! You know we both love you dearly & pray for your well-being. Write soon, my love & let us know where you are. Take the bad with the good son, it evens out. Take care driving. Always in our thoughts. Loving you as always.

X  X  X  X  X  X  X  Mother & Dad  X  X  X

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  1. I had got fired from Robbins & Robbins early in April for having taken a day off when they were short handed.