#1852: Willa Cather to Elsie Cather, December 20, 1939

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My dear Sister1:

All fall I have been thinking with pleasure how pleasant it must be to have Helen Louise3 in Lincoln4, and how you must enjoy doing things together. When the Menuhin children5 were little and used to be running in and out of this apartment6, Josephine7 used to say: "It's nice to have young people about." I found it very nice, indeed, and I found it very jolly to have the twins8 "about" those two summers9 in Grand Manan10.

I heard a great deal about Carrie's11 golden wedding from several old friends. The best account, and the one that told the most was Annie Pavelka's12. She listed all the cakes and all the flowers and all the people! Wasn't it nice of the Miners13 to have all the old neighbors and farm people come into their party? If it had been possible, I would have been there.

I hope you and Helen Louise are going to do something jolly for Christmas, whether you stay in Lincoln or go down to Red Cloud14. Yehudi15 and his lovely wife16 made my birthday very happy. That afternoon they brought the baby17 up to call on me while I was having my tea. That was her first call on anyone. She is nearly three months old. She is a cunning baby, and Nola is a lovely young mother. She was born in Australia18, but is of Scotch parents. I have had a good many Scotch friends and I admire them all. They are so homely and plain speaking. They never flatter and they never put on airs. Yehudi has had so much flattery, that he is happiest with the people who give him none of it. Those two were certainly made for each other.

Have a Happy Christmas, both of you, my dear. Edith19 and I will both talk of you on Christmas Eve, and I will tell her once more what a happy time we had the last Christmas20 we three spent in Red Cloud.

With love and happy memories Willie

P.S. I am enclosing my letter to Helen Louise because I do not know her Lincoln address.