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

War Hospital WWI

December 29, 1944
Seeing the way forward

Dear Elizabeth,

The days pass like falling leaves – slowly, deliberately, and at their own pace. For once I’ve been able to relax into them.

Thanks for the socks. I got them today and they’re great. Perfect timing too as I also got my new orders today. Looks like no more front for me, I’ll be taking on a supporting role some miles behind. Sort of a step between what I did before and what I’ve been doing here. That seems the perfect balance. I wasn’t cut out for the front, but here I feel too removed. At one point they suggested I take on a clerical role but I shot that down straight away.

Christmas was nice. I managed to make your cookies last till after dinner. I told myself I could space them out until New Year’s, but hey, I’m only human.

A bunch of the guys were talking about what they’re gonna do after the war. I haven’t a clue. When they got to me all I could say for certain is that I want to spend my life with the most amazing girl I’ve ever met. The only one I’ve ever been truly impressed by on every level – beauty, intelligence, spirit, passion.

I’ve never met anyone like you. Here’s saying goodbye to 1944 and hello to 1945, all bright and shiny and new and full of possibilities.



Next letter – December 31, 1944