62, Friars Avenue
Mr John Derbyshire
126, Stevens Avenue
New York 10595
My dear Son,
we are wondering how you are fareing, having read of Blizzards in New York & East Coast. We have had a dredful week here, freezing fog & snow. Dad is too scared to go out, we sit huddled up to the fire & have all the heaters on we can. I did get into town yesterday to get some food, but I was quite exhausted. I have an electric blanket on my bed & hate getting up in the morning, roll on Spring!! Judy has just rung to say they are coming over & Tess will stay the week-end. She is very anxious to know where she is going to sleep when Uncle John comes. Last week, in the course of our many weird conversations she suddenly said "What do you want Nana, buried or burnt"? Though she did say it wouldn't hurt me as I shouldn't feel it, but of course I mustn't die yet.!! Marcus is 1 year old on the 31st of this month. I had him for the day last Tuesday, he is a darling.
You should see me dressed for going out this weather, horrible to behold, like a being from Mars. I've put 14 lbs on since I saw you last, damn, bother, dash & blow, all that effort for nothing & clothes I can't get into it. I think it's being inactive as much as anything. We long to see you, but hope it's when the weather is better. Its 2 years darling since I was making plans to come & nearly 5 years since you went to U.S.A. How time flies. Dad's quite convinced he won't live to see 79 or you, but he's been saying this for years.!!
Auntie Polly is 81 & has flown to Africa recently for 3 months to her Granddaughter's. She writes of the wonderful climate & the "coloured servants"!! etc. Do you ever see Lou? are you still seeing Kathy & family.? How are Mary & Jay making out. Have you recovered your losses? We long to know how things are with you so please write. We do so worry & we're not getting any younger. Sometimes, when I'm really depressed, I wonder if I shall ever see you again. My mind is full of pictures of you, you will always be my beloved & darling Johnny.
Love you dearly. Take very good care & please write soon.
X X X Mother
- Actually 82.