This is the thirty-sixth of 87 letters exchanged during World War II between Nicholas Salvatore and Elizabeth Galloway. For more see Nicholas and Elizabeth.

NYC at night

July 8, 1944
On the edge of happiness


I just received a letter from my aunt and it’s good news! She’s doing well in New York, never married and said she’d love to reconnect with my mom! I asked if she would send me a picture of herself, and she did. I remember so little of her, but after seeing that there’s no doubt they’re sisters.

She had some reservations and I know they won’t be great friends overnight, but was ready to give up on her and now there’s hope. My mom isn’t here at the moment and I can’t wait to show her the letter. This is it, I can feel it. Something’s starting now and I don’t know what it’s going to lead to but I know it will be good.

Well, she read the letter. All she did was tell me not to meddle in things that I don’t understand. I asked what it was I didn’t understand but she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, tell me. I still think this is what we’ve been waiting for. She’s been hurt by so much these last few months (years), I just need to find some way to get through to her. If she could see the possibilities everything could be different. Everything could be better.


Next letter – July 18, 1944