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Correspondence and the forced dispersal of Japanese Canadians

Sumi Mototsune

Raymond, AB on August 20, 1945

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: Raymond,
: Alberta.
: Aug. 20/45.
: Dearest Joan:
: I don’t know whether I should congratulate you first or tell you I’m sorry for not writing sooner.
: At any rate, Congratulations, Joan, and I hope you all the success in the world. I’m awfully glad you graduated and for being the most proficient girl student. You well deserved the title.
: Thank you for the Q. E. VUE and the pretty photo. You look so charming and mature. Everybody says you are so pretty. If ever I take a picture of myself, I promise to send you one. I could not find a suitable card so I just bought one which was the most suitable. What I sent to you about a month ago is just a small appreciation for your kindness and to show how glad I am you graduated.
: It’s nothing much —.
: I bet you didn’t worry half as much as I did. My gov’t exam results came a week ago last Monday. Honestly I was scared stiff even to open the envelope. I won’t tell you my marks in number, but I got an A in every subject. You should have seen how surprised I was because I had expected D’s & failures. My teachers’ exams results – Psychology, Alg. I, Law – have not arrived yet but am [sic] expecting them soon. At least I know I passed Soc. St., Eng., Chem., and French, thank heavens! Now I have only 7 more credits to complete my 100 cr. and I’ll get my sen. matric next year. (ie. I hope!!!) Since I missed a month’s review (from June 4th – 28th) I thought for sure I was going to fail, but luck certainly was with me. I wrote my
: exams from June 28th – July 5th. It’s a choice between writing or failing flat, so I thought I’d write, and I certainly am glad I did. Teruko Ikeda wrote only her Eng. Exam and didn’t write the rest. She found the exams too tough. You should have been with me the night before the exams. With such a clever girl as you, I might have got something in my dull mind. I used to come home about 6:00 P.M. and study steadily until midnight – sometimes even until one. I didn’t like to go home while the rest were out in the field working, but I could not help it. Trying to study a year’s work in six or seven hours is quite difficult for me. (of course, it would not be so with you.) When the next morning came, my mind was a complete blank. I’m still surprised how I even passed my exams.
: You are fortunate to graduate in a formal, banquet, dance and everything. It was always my dream to graduate that way, but it seems as if my dream has vanished. Over here, it is really dull for graduates, although I am not one this year.
: You’ll make a very good teacher (even if I say so) and I am sure you will succeed as one. If I had as much brain as you, I will definitely go in for teaching.
: Congratulations to Donalda, too. With such pep, energy, cleverness and a leading ability she will make a school term successful and lots of fun. She is a lucky girl.
: Thank you for the Q. E. Vue I read every word in it and it surely was interesting. There aren’t very many students left by the time they reach Gr. 12, are there? There were about 24 in our
: Gr. 12. last year.
: I am glad the war is over for good. What did you do to celebrate? In Raymond there was a bonfire and a free dance. I can hardly believe war is over.
: Have you seen “National Velvet”? I saw it last [ill.] night. It’s good. Marion (she is the baby of our family) went to see it twice. She is so crazy about horses – all day long she does nothing but draw horses and Margaret O’Brien. She wants a colt for herself but we’ll have to think of our credit first.
: Right now I am doing nothing. Just loafing or else canning. On Sept. 15th I promised a lady I will come and help her clean the house they are going to move in. It is a big Gambling house – 3 floored and lots of rooms. It was formerly owned by
: Dr. Hall (dentist) who moved to Vancouver last winter. I have decided to stay with her this winter — going to school part of time and helping her part of time and getting paid. Her husband is a manager of the Bank of Montreal. They have only two girls — a six year old and a two year old.
: How is everybody? Well, I hope, as we are all in good health.
: Government exams are tough, don’t you think so? Every exam is 3 hours long. Of course, those who made up the exams do not expect you to finish the paper. Some papers, such as French contain as much as 22 pages. Chemistry had only 19 pages. It had the least.
: I don’t know where Tori is but Mitsuro is in Man. If you want his address,
: it is Box 365, Emerson, Manitoba. Did you know that his sister (the one just below him) passed away almost two years ago?
: The weather over here is not so hot as it used to be, which proves that autumn is near and that means beet topping. I even hate to think about it. I don’t like farm work but I like a [sic] business work. I wish I could go to a business school but I guess that’s out. Our credit, you know.
: I think I have written a lot for now. Please excuse my scrawly writing as I got sleepy and scribbled just to get through quicker. I hope everything is okay your way. I might be a bit late, but just the same, congratulations and good luck! Thank you ever so much for all what you
: sent me. I can’t thank you enough. Many success in the future.
: Love, Sumi.