December 13, 1944 – ends the last letter

(Dodging Shells gave you Tommy’s letters to his sister, from the front. This is the end of the last of Kathy’s letters in response, telling of life in wartime Toronto.)

…..I heard today that a couple of the other girls in the Personnel Department actually made it in to work yesterday. They got in…but they were trapped there and couldn’t get back home. They’re still there!
…..They’ve been bunking in the furniture department, and I didn’t ask what they’ve been eating, but after their dedication in braving the storm, management wouldn’t have the heart to deny them the necessities. Nine floors, a city block square…there are plenty of necessities to be found, I’m sure.

I’m going to bundle up and try to find a mail box, Tommy. I still owe you a Christmas letter, and it’ll be coming soon. But as you’re sitting, shivering in a trench somewhere, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to remind you what a Canadian storm is like. I bet Italy can’t match that!
…..Of course, we aren’t actually sleeping out there. Actually…we’re quite cozy….
…..Poor Tommy.

Live…from the Frozen North…it’s

* * * * *

Tommy arrived home in Toronto on December 15, 1944, in the aftermath of the worst snow storm Toronto had ever recorded. 

His sister was at the train station to meet him.


About Wendy Bertsch

I’m a Canadian author—a pragmatic optimist with rather eclectic interests and a pervasive sense of humour. Toronto born and bred, I live by the lake with a motley array of dogs and a cat, all but myself being of unknown origin, in a comfortable old house filled with books. Over a thousand books. Books in every nook and cranny. And now, since there can never be too many books, I'm writing more. Once More, From the Beginning highlights the women in the bible. It's about time! And believe me, they see things quite differently. And in Dodging Shells, you'll meet the irrepressible Tommy, as he fights his way through Italy in World War II. You'll love Tommy. I do. Next? Well, that's a secret yet. Stay tuned... I recently initiated the fledgling Ocean Highway Books, providing editing, formatting and cover design services to authors wishing to self-publish.
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One Response to December 13, 1944 – ends the last letter

  1. Bob Davidson says:

    A master class in how to convey less is best. This final gem in the series of wartime letters bewtween a sister and brother, both obviously close, has it all and is illustrated with the use of a few expert brush strokes.
    Throughout the series her admiration for the patriotic action of her sibling knows no bounds but is skilfully conveyed by humour, wit and often bevity and her fervent hopes for his safe return are evident but never mawkish.
    I could go on but this work succeeded by, among many other things, succinct understatement and that is a brilliant light for any author to follow.

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