12/10/22 Saving Breath and Time

Please excuse everything about this letter. How can one write anything with someone raving like Hong (?) When I read over this, it sounds so foolish, but I feel like that, ‘Scuse me, won’t you?

Central Hi School

2nd Period
History Class
Dec. 10, 1922

Dear Fred,

When you get this, you’ll be through with one final, won’t you? Maybe it might cheer you up, but I don’t think it will be so bad for I know you will pass.

This note saves breath and time, too, doesn’t it? My throat won’t stand much more, either. I talked to you too much yesterday. I’m resorting to the old means of communication that made Shakespeare make his wonderful quotation.

“Oh that mine enemy would write a letter.”

Ha-Ha – Am I not poetic?

And listen, sometime in the future, if you remind me of it, I’ll show you 2 books that will amuse you exceedingly. C?
The teacher is wildly raving about Jefferson. He + Jefferson are good friends. they went to separate schools together.
While I was deep in the depths of plane geometry last nite, I suddenly remembered that you had my “C” armband. (No wonder I never learn geom.)

Take good care of that, old dear, and give it back to me when I give back one of your most valuable possessions. Mama says you ought to take something terribly valuable of mine to get even with my wearing that medal, but you don’t mind, do you?

I think the “blow out” can be “pulled off” but don’t think of it and when you call, I’ll tell you all about it. C?

I hope the words on this paper will do for you what I want them to and inspire (!) you to study hard all the rest of the day.

There’s lots more I’d like to say, but I mustn’t take up your time. Maybe this can do what my presence might.

Just bushels of cheer to you, Fred, and look forward to the 20th when you come out and we’ll make up for all we’ve missed.





9 Responses

  1. steph says:

    I’m already addicted, can’t wait for the next letter!

  2. Sibyl Baker says:

    I am totally thrilled to read the wonderful intimate love letters that you are sharing.

  3. CindyWW says:

    Lovely. I could smell 1922 classroom!

  4. helen says:

    do you have the medal? can we see apicture?

  5. the reader says:

    Thanks, everyone!

    Regarding the medal, I am working on getting his medals and a number of other items to add to the project. Keep checking back as the story unfolds.

  6. Meike says:

    I love it. What a wonderful idea. Can’t wait to keep going!

  7. Steve says:

    I will be following this “little” project of yours. It’s a great tribute. The mere thought of a love so deep that those treasured letters would be around after 70+ years brings a tear to my eye.
    How fortunate they were to have found each other.

  8. the reader says:


    Thank you. I hope you enjoy all the letters and other goodies to come. They were both amazing people.

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