105 Boughton Green Road
Northampton NN2 7LS
John & Lynette Derbyshire
15 Chestnut Street
Huntington NY 11743
My darling children, Rose & John,
received the lovely picture of the little Princess, she is so lovely & a great credit to you both. She is watching me now as she stands on my desk & her chubby little dimpled face seems to regard me with a little mischievous smile that makes me smile too. Thank you both very much, she has been cooed over by everyone here & all agree — she's lovely. Rose, I have your little pansy picture on my dressing table, it gives me great pleasure. did you know that pansies means thoughts of you. It was very thoughtful of you dear to pick this card. I love pansies, they too have little faces My birthday flowers, well, most of them are still going strong & again have given me great pleasure. It's pouring with rain today. We've had very cold winds, I did sit out a bit one day but it was quite cold. I'm glad you are having some sunny spells at last. I agree with you John it has seemed a very long winter but the nights are lighter & the pink cherry trees are in blossom. Life goes on in the same deadly way here carers come & go, if boredom killed I should be dead long ago. It's only my family & the happy days that keep me going. I don't know whether Judith is away for Easter, she hasn't said anything so far. John I wrote to Chan, I hope my letter will cheer him up a bit. I told him you hold him in great esteem & because he'd been so good to you, so did I. How will he fare when the takeover comes? I told him about our little princess & how happy I am for you with your lovely family. Rosie, dear, I understand how you feel, but things will get better I'm sure, you wouldn't have such a lovely baby if you were a poor mother, she is a great credit to you. I hope that now you are having better nights & you have Spring & Summer ahead you will begin to feel better I can picture you in the garden I hope the rats have gone they are hateful things. Do you have any pest control near who could deal with them. Keep your chin up love. We all love you & think of you & admire you for your pluck.
Lots of love
Give her cuddles & kisses for me X X X X X X X X
- By homophony with French pensées, I suppose.