Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue
Mr John Derbyshire Bsc.
57, North Perkins Avenue
Elmsford N.Y. 10523
My dearest son,
how lovely it was to chat to you I felt I could reach out & touch you, I couldn't believe you are 3000
miles away. So many things I
wanted to say. Anyway, it was great. I felt sad afterwards to think you have to do washing & get your own meal
& wished I could do it for
you. Perhaps next year I could come, have a few days with you, go by train across U.S.A & then fly to Honolulu,
Judy said you & they would
help with fare, wouldn't that be great. Of course a lot depends on Dad's state, I couldn't leave him if he gets frail
or sick. Some days he's fine
& others I worry. I've been to a funeral today. The husband of a friend died, he was 56 yrs old, had cancer. It was
very sad, a bugler sounded
the Last Post, as he had served in the War & belonged to
"Telavera" Unit at Wooton. It depressed me no end but its a lovely day & I intend to
do a bit of gardening when
I've done this.
By the way love, Allan left a beautiful "Daks" suit here, said I could sell it & keep the money, but I wondered if it would be any use to you. He paid £58 for it from Swanns. I've taken the trousers to the cleaners, but its like new. Its a soft brownish colour with a yellow waistcoat back vent & very smart. If you think it would do you, let me know, otherwise I shall advertise it, Uncle Fred says I could ask £20 easily. However if you want it love, I'll send it Air Mail, so let me know soon.
No news from them this last week. They have a house, so waiting now to see what jobs they get. We get very lonely, but don't worry. if you think you will have problems getting in & out, stay put. We are really fine. Have the usual political carry on with the Election coming up. I am getting rid of your bed & making the room into a sewing room & retreat for me, shall get a folding bed I can use. You have my room when you come. Have to get new specs, I left mine in Adnitts & somebody pinched them!!
Love Mum & X Dad X