My dearest Kathleen,
I almost forget whether it is my turn to write, but I will in any case put in a few lines for you to get before you leave Torquay.
We were all so very glad to hear that you could go, & I shall be most anxious to hear what you think of Mother. I hope your going may have materially helped her to improve, I am sure it must have cheered her up.
I hear that Jack talks of going for Whitsuntide if she is still down there, & that I suppose is more than probable. Father said Dr Paul spoke of her possibly getting home in about ten days if she got on well, but Father himself doesn’t at all suppose she will get home till after Whitsunday. It will be a great thing if Arthur can go & bring her home. It won’t be possible for Judy to be here when she comes I’m afraid, Father said Dr Paul thought it wouldn’t be safe to bring her into contact with whooping-cough. The difficulty is to know where to send her. I thought very likely you could have her at Sydenham for a week or so before she went back to school, but now she has to go before Mother comes home she may have to put in two or three weeks away before she is safe for school. However Father thinks we needn’t think about that very much yet. I’m afraid it doesn’t look like Mother getting back very soon. I have just seen your letter to Father, & am finishing this (Sunday morning) before post.
I am sorry you found Mother feeling so poorly again on Friday, but I hope the improvement of yesterday will continue. We are wondering what she is allowed to eat now. I do hope she will soon be able to have meat & all the strengthening things possible, you know how much she always needs feeding up, & I wonder whether Dr Paul quite realises that. Of course if you thought it necessary for Mother & for Ethel that I should come down for a few days, you must say so & I would arrange to get off, but of course I feel rather that my place is here to look after Father & Judy & the house, besides school. Still you might mention the possibility of my coming if you think it would cheer Mother.
Must post now. Much love from May.