This is a letter sent from Florence Tildesley to her son Norman Tildesley. She is clearly worried about what her son will do when he comes out of the navy but talks as well of the hard times they are going through in England
My dearest Norman, (sent Dec 1918)
I was very glad to get a line yesterday from you. I am only just beginning to get better. The children have had 2 months from school for the flue. I shall be glad when they return.
Willie Jones is home on leave for ten days. He was at Harwich when the German fleet surrendered, he says he shall never forget it. I shall be glad when you get back, if it is only that we can come to some decision with regard to yourself and your future. I am pleased to say we have finished upstairs work thank goodness but I have still got the sword hanging over my head with the closet and the little kitchen. I sometimes think I will never get to the end. Jack has put in the air bricks in the dining room, or they would never have been done, and the paper is all hanging form the wall. I knew you would be sorry to hear about Lillie Fisher. Harry Broom has come home and his leg is much better but of course it will always be crippled. Arthur Clay has come home, he was a prisoner you know. And you will also be glad to know Ellis has come home on leave, there is still a bit of time left. Vickie Wright has ret? to the Palace. I am glad you received the Postal Order all right. I am enclosing another in the letter, so that you will be sure of something for Xmas. I shall be looking out for the parcel, whether you send one or not, as you know what the Xmas traffic will be like, more or less disorganised, sure to be. I am glad you have some prospect of a bit of a lively time during Xmas holidays, hope everything will go off all right. Do not trouble to send anything home if there is any difficulty, because I am sure you cannot afford it. I have got ten pounds for you so far. Our Vic is growing very much and is fatter and better than for a long time past. Douglas does not grow much. I think he will start when we get the food better. I have had the eider quilt off your bed re-covered and it looks so fun and gay. We have also got done the new stair carpet, it looks very nice, next week we are going to turn out the dining room, and fire it well, not before it wants it too. Your father is going to attend at Porto (Portobello) Schools on Tuesday for the election for special Constable. I have told him not to go, I think it very silly of him to run risks at sixty, with the flue raging as it is, if he got it he would not stand much of a chance, with the poor food he has been having lately, but of course he will do as he likes I expect.
I have got a big curtain and cover wash tomorrow and another wash next Monday to get all the work out of the road for the holidays. It is no doubt a good thing for me that we cannot get dried fruit at all as it will not give me quite so much work. It will be a bit easier for me minus so much cooking. I should like to keep on with the work by myself as long as possible, it makes so much difference to the £-s-d to say nothing of the vexation at seeing the waste going on. Leslie Tildesley opposite has the flue, he looks very bad, the doctor said if it had turned to pneumonia he does not think he could have saved his life, as one of his lungs is as good as done, something the matter. Jack has been having a deal with Lois with the parsnips; we are having our milk off Silas again. They all send their best love to you.
With Kindest love and many kisses from
Your ever loving Mother
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