Last, but not least in our series on war children, here is a letter that Anne-Marie sent to her children, who were sent away in a rush. Enjoy 🙂
My beloved children,
I thought I’d write you a few words because during your evacuation I was focused on the preparation of your journey that I didn’t have time. I hope that the sandwiches, apples and chocolate were enough to feed you. You forgot your small bag for washing things and clothes in your bedroom! I suppose the labels pinned on your coats with your name, home address, school and the host family’s address were very helpful in avoiding mistakes. I hope you will not have to use the gas mask given to you by the government.
As you know it has become too dangerous to live in London which has been the target of the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, since September. The air force flies over every night and drops bombs. And I have to tell you that London is really not a place for children at this sad moment. Life is quite difficult. At the moment, the biggest nuisance is that we’re unable to get a bath, to haircut or to visit your grandparents without being disturbed by the raids. Nearly all the main-line and suburban stations are closed. Your school has been destroyed. But you must not worry about me and your father, my sweet children. We are alright and think a lot about you!
Your host family owns a farm in Dartmeet, Davon where raids are less likely to happen. Your cousins went to Cornwall but unfortunately they have had to split. The neighbors’ children went to Canada. It is so far away!
I hope that you will return home after a few weeks, but get ready to stay as long as London is not be safe. Enjoy the country and life on a farm. You can watch cows and understand where milk comes from, and see carrots growing in fields and eaten by wild rabbits! I am sure you will make local friends and show them that the ‘townies’ are interesting to know!
I look forward to your next letter. Dad and I are proud of you and send to you our love.