The Longing of the Heart @otherealmwriter
Ivan's letter to Alfred

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December 25th 1917

Dear Fredka,

It's a Christmas Miracle as one could say. I got your letter yesterday and today have time to write. It's still much like Katyusha had told you from what I wrote her and yes, as Matvey said, the Germans don't aim for us in the medical corps and ambulance drivers, they don't avoid us either. However I have been able to keep my patients and myself safe. Well at least the ones that weren't too far gone when I had gotten to them. Since you asked for honesty, I won't lie to you that it is disheartening. I have had a few close calls where I have had to fire at the enemy just to keep them off me, but this is war after all. I have gotten pretty good at sensing when I am getting fired at and focusing on loading the injured as part of my duties. I will keep my promise I made of returning to you.

When I read that you and Natalya had named the twins after me, I grew teary eyed. Ernest, one of my fellow drivers was about to make fun of me for it, but I showed him your letter and he let it go saying "congratulations buddy" It really got at my heart to hear that. I wish I could have been there but I am just grateful I got a chance to see them, even if it is in just pictures. Tell Katyusha that her gifts are very thoughtful and I am surprised the jar made it across the Atlantic and through inspection fine. The Army is not one for care. It was very sweet, she always puts lots of sugar in. Honestly though the socks she sends are my favorite one as it is the most useful. You would not believe how fast they can get ruined on this duty. If your socks are soaked you can get your feet soaked and in boots in this mess it leads to trench foot and that hurts.

The camp kitchen actually has us a decent meal for Christmas I am eating while I write this. It is never as good as Natalya or Katyusha's cooking, but it's something at least. Better than hardtack and canned corned beef I have had to eat a lot of. I used to like corned beef and cabbage but I don't think I could eat it ever again after this. I've had so much that was subpar and partially covered in mud, it's just ruined for me. A break for the chaos is nice, but could never match the Christmases we've had before. I cannot wait to get back and meet my new niece and nephew and make Natalya mad when I spoil them. You did say she yelled at you for that ice cream cone I got Nikolai before I was shipped here. Do not worry about me and if you must, just keep me in your prayers for comfort. I will come back. I promise.

Love from your brother (in-law but still to steal your closing),

Ivan

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