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A Railway worker's Diary - 14 June 1953

6 March 2012
 

14 June 1953, Sunday

We still haven't started working today, and I don't think we can begin our task tomorrow. Around, there is not much else to do, so I wrote three letters, one to mum and dad, one to aunt and uncle-in-law and another to Caijuan. The letter to Caijuan is especially a long one. When Guozhen took our letters to get posted in the afternoon, I made a big blunder: I inserted a blank sheet into the envelope addressed to mum and dad while left the letter in my diary. The girls nearly laughed their head off when they learned what I did. I am quite worried - I don't know what mum may think when she sees not letter but a blank sheet in the envelope. Although I'll send the letter tomorrow, but still it would be one day later to arrive than the fake one.

The food here is very cheap, and I spend less than 4,000 yuans a day. We have 7,500 yuans special allowance per day for this assignment, plus some wages, I think I may have a lot of money left.

1953年6月14日,星期日

今天仍未办公,大约明天仍不会办公。无事,就写了三封信,一封给爸妈,一封给姨父母,一封给彩娟。给彩娟的一封信写得特别长。下午寄信,由国震同学送去。我却闹了一个笑话。既给妈的信中放了一张白纸,而把写好的信夹在日记本里,惹得大家大笑了一阵。我却很担心,妈收到了白纸不知要做何感想。虽然真的信明天就能寄出,但是总要有先后了。

这里吃的很便宜,一天不需要四千元。我们有每天七千五百元的出差费,另有工资若干,我想钱一定会多下很多。

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