Trench Warfare Letter Home
How are you? I hope all is fine. It has been almost a year since I have seen you and I miss you with all my heart. Having not seen father since I was 2 is bad enough. I don’t want to let go of you either. How is my loving sister? Is she married yet? Don’t wait for me mother, because I might never return so please do me a favour and get her life together. Mother, you know quite well, I wish to be there to support you but I have a job to do and I will never give up even though it is the worst thing I have experienced and will. I do hope to be there soon if destiny allows it. Mother, please could you send me some repellent such as rat repellent, lice repellent and…. T o make it easier could you please send me all the repellent you have got at home. These pests are eating me alive. The rats are the worst. They eat my fellow comrades after their death. I try and help but there are millions and I cannot bare the sight of a cat like rat feeding on my friends. It is not just for them. I can feel those pesky rodents scowling around my face when I sleep and without the rats my sleeping period is not more than an hour and I really don not want to shorten that. Also I once heard that they cause infection and that could affect my role in the front line. The lice are not any better they cause what is called here trench fever and seeing my general suffer from the condition, I really don’t want to look at it eye to eye. Oh yes I almost forget, mother I would really appreciate a new pair of socks. The ones I am wearing are getting a little wet. That is and understatement. New boots would be great too. They are rotting as for the muddy and wet atmosphere. That not the only thing that is rotting my feet is feeling it too. I just can’t handle it mother. The nerves are getting to me and I really don’t know what I can do about it. Do I fight with my rotting feet or cut it of and then...
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