1940 12:05 - IF I'D KNOWN HOW DEMORALIZING SPENDING NEW YEARS EVE CORRECTING J.S. AUTOBIOGRAPHIES WOULD BE, BELIEVE ME I'D HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT... I PRAY TO GOD WE ARE NOT IN THIS LOUSY WAR BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR - I HOPE I AM MORE OF A PERSON THAN I AM NOW - HOPE I HAVE THE GUTS TO MAKE SOMETHING OF MYSELF.
1941 10:45 Spent the day down knitting with Jean. She has to go back - God, the guts she'll have to have -We'll all have to have. - I can let myself think no further than tomorrow - Maybe the day after. I don't think Leonard can last through another year. - I can't take it.
1942 6:00! [I DON'T THINK THEY HEARD ME GET IN, EITHER!] BUT I WAS WRONG, THANK GOODNESS; I WONDER IF NEXT YEAR WON'T FIND US A COUPLE THOUSAND MILES APART? OR TOGETHER? (I SUPPOSE THAT IS TOO MUCH TO HOPE FOR...) THIS IS THE happiest NEW YEAR'S EVE I'VE ever HAD... 20 OF US (18 DIDN'T COUNT!) WENT FOR A SLEIGH RIDE... BIG FIRE OUT BY THE RIVER... BACK TO VITTURMS FOR LYING BY THE FIRE AND LATER, BREAKFAST - GRAPEFRUIT, PANCAKES, SAUSAGES, COFFEE!... WE CAME HOME IN A LOVELY WHITE MIST.