Dec. 25 th , 41
My Dear Mother
Your letter written early in December with the M.O. enclosed for my Xmas gift
reached me only yesterday altho is was sent by Air Mail. It seems to have been
unusually long en route, but our air service this winter has not been very
regular owing chiefly to poor flying conditions.
However, it arrived safely, that's something to be thankful for. I can tell
you, your gift is certainly much appreciated – much! Just now, I can't say
exactly what I want to buy with it, but I'll select some little photographic
gadget I think so that I can say “Now – this is Mother Ryder's Xmas Box to
There's sure to be something I need very badly (of course) – something I'm
sure I can't get along without. So at this writing I will say that I wish to
you a whole-hearted ‘Thank-you.' Though why you should send so much I don't
know. Five dollars is quite a lot these days. It was very dear of you , and
I loved it. I'll tell you later on what I select.
I'm pleased to say that I had a very pleasant Xmas – as pleasant as I could
possibly expect with my sweetheart away from me. I have, as you perhaps already
know a very nice home to stay in – one of the nicest in town: and excellent
company: have had everything of the best during the holidays and last, but
by no means least, have had encouraging news from Mary though at this date
I have not of course heard about her Xmas. She was looking forward with much
pleasure to having her Dinner with a party at Bishop and Mrs. Geddes in Vancouver
, so I am hoping to hear her account of it within the next week or so.
I know that you will be hearing regularly from her – some of you at any rate,
so there is no need for me to tell you anything of her affairs. She does seem
to be getting on – physically I mean – and has gained in weight, which is a
good sign and makes me feel that the trip will be well worth it.
At this writing, I think it is more than likely that I may go out myself before
very long. There is little change of getting anything to us now before the
beginning of April anyway, and although I am able to live very economically
just now, it is not exactly the sort of life to lead – indefinitely.
Recently I got some valuable suggestions and advice here that has virtually
caused me to decide in favor of pulling out of the North, and altho I have
decided nothing definite, I do feel that that is what I shall do in the near
future. I have already got a letter away to Mary discussing the matter with
her, so am more or less depending on her reply before making a final decision.
So you will hear more of this later. Give my love to the girls. I shall be
writing them in a day or two most likely.
With much love to you and again many thanks
Your affectionate Son
Please tell Mark that I got his card yesterday too and thank him and Myra