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Date: March 20th 1918

Seaford Sx 20/3/18

Dearest Chum:- So glad to get your big loving letter the other day. You are so kind to Daddy & he just wants to squeeze you! so hard. Just like he used to love you when he could. That is a long time ago isn't it dearie. Oh so long it seems now & how my arms ache to hold you again, I want to pick up every little girl that looks like you & hug them.. perhaps there mothers would object, if I did. What do you think, our mother would wouldn't she if some strange soldier man rushed up & hugged you, wouldn't she. You will soon be going to school with Gracie & Margaret. Won't that be fine, lots of girls & boys go here at your age. but perhaps mother thinks you quite too young yet. have you lots of snow yet in Canada Dad had a lovely sleep out on the grass this afternoon while he was waiting just fancy laying out in your back garden just now & it but this afternoon. but you can as that every afternoon the last 4 weeks, gardens are all ready for spring now & lots of them are sown & the gardens are bright with spring flowers primroses of all colors, snowdrops etc. So many Dad doesn't know their names. Now I have to go to a supper Dearie a big hug! A X to you my Pet & to Auntie Queenie from your loving loving Dad

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