The title of this week’s column is from an early-50s country and western song entitled, “A Dear John Letter.” Those are letters written by wives, fiancés and girlfriends to servicemen telling them that their relationships are over. The song emphasized the sadness of the Dear John letters so common to servicemen. Even though the name John is used it applies to anybody receiving one.
When I was in basic training an NCO instructor gave us a rundown on such letters and his philosophy about them. He first asked for a show of hands of those who had left behind a female with whom they were expecting a continuing relationship. Those of us who didn’t raise our hands were definitely in the minority.
The sergeant then continued with some statistics on the subject. He told us the sad fact was that about 95 percent or more of such long-distance relationships would end within six months of enlistment. The majority of the announcements would come in the form of the infamous Dear John letter. So, he suggested that everyone involved in those relationships would be wise to get in the first punch and write her a “Dear Jane” letter first.
Frank NeSmith, Columnist
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