Capt. G.S. Andrews RCE
H.Q. Cdn Corps.
Cdn Army England Overseas
22 March 42
Your letter of 23rd Feb. arrived this week, also copies of the airgraph of the 17th and letter of 8th Feb. Bob Richards sounds like a real fine fellow - and if he is to become Betty's husband - so much the better. Betty deserves a break this time. Hope he will be able to call often.
Will try to look up Dorothy Phipps father - it is a bit far for convenience - but may get a ride down with somebody going that way.
Your remarks about Gertrude are very true - she is like her sister Mary in that aspect - doesn't seem to be able to say "no" to a good time - and I was glad to see Mary happily married - because she has made a wonderful wife and mothers, and is very happy with Harry. It is quite a problem for you too dear - and your concern is natural - and I admire you for it. Don't know just how far you can go in advising Gertrude - but I gather she needs a bit of good sympathetic, but candid advice. Also I wouldn't hesitate to be frank with her about the kind of chaps she brings to the house - After all, it is our home - and you are the Queen there - and you have a right to draw the line. I know it is hard because sometimes having them come in unexpectedly can't be avoided - but I wouldn't hesitate to tell Gertrude when you disapprove of any particular ones - so that she will realize that they are a bit below par according to the Andrews standard - and to act accordingly. Her nice friends - its quite the other way - I am glad that she has a place to bring them - and I think it is nice for you too someday our own little girl will being her lessons in discriminating between the best - and the "not quite the best" - so your experience with Gertrude will perhaps help us when Mary grows up and beings to step out - also Mary may well inherit her aunts love of a good time - which is a grand thing if it can be guided along the right lines. I do hope nothing will interfere with Gertrudes marriage - Rae sounds like the right fellow for her - and she will make an ideal wife for the right man. This war psychosis is hard on the young people - excitement - uncertainty - have a good time while you can - and Gertrude should be warned that many - in fact most of the young fellows feel that is an excuse of everything - sort of a moral holiday - and it is the girl who suffers in that case - she has to stay put - and take the consequences right among her own circle of friends and relatives - the soldiers & airmen etc - they move on to fresh fields - I know we must be [?] minded and understanding - but just the same - a girl has only one chance - with it she can secure life long happiness - or tragedy.
This past week has been without much excitement - 2 trips to London - and the London Times Imperial Editor on my trail for information about the Alaska Highway. Alas it looks as ho I have to give another talk - just on B.C. - no ordinary audience about 200 adults that is next month. Intend to give it if I can - it wont take much preparation and will simply talk around a selection of slides. Its one way of doing something for others - and at the same time a service to my province. Well dear, I must get 2 more short letters off -