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None of my Christmas cards (and there were a great many) pleased me as much as your dear little donkey. He is certainly an Italian donkey, but all the same he reminded me of New Mexico3 and our pleasant visit4 there together, along with your father5 and mother6 and Elizabeth7.
I have not written you, my dear, because I cannot write at all8. I have scarcely time to get bored, because after I have given my hand hot water treatment for half an hour, morning and afternoon, and had a splendid masseuse from Dick's9 hospital work on it every other day and then give it the proper amount of treatment under the lamp, there isn't very much of the day left. Please remember that I think of you and Elizabeth very often when I am resting after these rather exhausting treatments, and it is pleasant to let my mind loaf along and bring back the bright days10 we spent at Grand Manan11. More personal communication is difficult when I cannot write (not even a line) and you cannot telephone. But some day I will telegraph you and try to make a date.
A Happy New Year to you, my dear.With much love, Your Aunt Willie Per Sarah J. Bloom12 Secretary Mrs. R. S. Shannon, Jr.,1 1988 – 78th Street, Jackson Heights, New York.2 NEW YORK, N.Y.2 FEB 6 1941 8–PM