Dear John (Ben)

From: Rachel Rosen, Clinton Hill, Newark, New Jersey
To: Pfc. Benjamin Rothschild
Dear Ben,
I'm sorry I haven't written you all that often since you left for Europe. You know I'm not very good and expressing myself in letters. That was always more your department. Also, I've had a lot of time to think, over the past months since you've been training, and after you left. It's been lonely, Ben but, in a way, I'm grateful for the time apart. It's allowed me to see things in a clearer light.
I know said I'd marry you, before you left for training. There were all of those articles in the papers about the grand cause in Europe and you looked so handsome and proud in your uniform. I'd never seen you look like that before. It was like something out a novel. I suppose I was swept up in the moment.
As I said, I've been thinking a lot since you left. It's been so hard, being back here all alone, with no one to talk to. I know you'll be angry, but you deserve the truth. I've been seeing a lot of that friend of yours, Jake, from the newspaper. He's been a great comfort. The fact of the matter is, I think I'm beginning to have feelings for him.
Don't be angry at him, Ben. It's my fault. I should never had agreed to marry you in the first place. It just all seemed so romantic. But, now that there's some distance between us, I'm not sure I love you, Ben.
Perhaps when you come home, I'll feel differently. Don't forget about me. You're a sweet, kind, dear man, and I'll continue to pray for your safety. And I pray you'll understand what I've been going through, and how hard this is.
Sincerely,
Rachel

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