#1984: Willa Cather to Mary Virginia Boak Cather, [April 22, 1928]

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THE KAHLER
THE KAHLER CORPORATION
OWNING AND OPERATING
THE KAHLER
HOTEL ZUMBRO
COLONIAL HOSPITAL
WORRELL HOSPITAL
THE DAMON HOTEL
CURIE HOSPITAL
ROCHESTER CALORIE KITCHEN
THE COLLEGE APARTMENTS
ZUMBRO CAFETERIA
MODEL LAUNDRY
Rochester, Minn. My Dearest Mother1;

I got here2 this morning, and will register at the clinic3 in the morning. This hotel4 has been made over and is now better than the Zumbro5.

I spent about four hours with Elsie6 in Lincoln7, and we had a long talk about you and your future. We THE KAHLER
THE KAHLER CORPORATION
OWNING AND OPERATING
THE KAHLER
HOTEL ZUMBRO
COLONIAL HOSPITAL
WORRELL HOSPITAL
THE DAMON HOTEL
CURIE HOSPITAL
ROCHESTER CALORIE KITCHEN
THE COLLEGE APARTMENTS
ZUMBRO CAFETERIA
MODEL LAUNDRY
Rochester, Minn. are agreed that whenever you want to go home8 one of us will be there with you and we will do everything we can to make you happy there. We will put our whole heart into it. Elsie can get a year's leave of absence next winter, she says. If she can't, I will be there, I promise you. THE KAHLER
THE KAHLER CORPORATION
OWNING AND OPERATING
THE KAHLER
HOTEL ZUMBRO
COLONIAL HOSPITAL
WORRELL HOSPITAL
THE DAMON HOTEL
CURIE HOSPITAL
ROCHESTER CALORIE KITCHEN
THE COLLEGE APARTMENTS
ZUMBRO CAFETERIA
MODEL LAUNDRY
Rochester, Minn.3 I bought a sprinkler for the lawn at last, and before I left Mac9 and I were rivals in getting the grass green. The new shrubs Will10 and Amos11 set out are coming on well. I am paying Amos five five dollars a month regularly to water and cut the lawn, and May 1st he and Floyd Turnure12 (other side) 4 will set out big red zenias in the bare patch where father13 used to have various little flowers. I chose zenias because they are so hardy and will make their way alone.

There will be nothing desolate inside or outside the house if you want to come back to it, and everyone wants you to come. Elsie's school is out the first day of June, so if you want to come back with Will Auld14 the THE KAHLER
THE KAHLER CORPORATION
OWNING AND OPERATING
THE KAHLER
HOTEL ZUMBRO
COLONIAL HOSPITAL
WORRELL HOSPITAL
THE DAMON HOTEL
CURIE HOSPITAL
ROCHESTER CALORIE KITCHEN
THE COLLEGE APARTMENTS
ZUMBRO CAFETERIA
MODEL LAUNDRY
Rochester, Minn.5 first of June, Elsie can meet you there. The last word Lizzie15 said to me was, "Oh just let me know a few days before your mother comes, and I'll make the house look like a palace for her." You have your own house—the Bishop16 and Mrs. Beecher17 think it a very attractive one, and THE KAHLER
THE KAHLER CORPORATION
OWNING AND OPERATING
THE KAHLER
HOTEL ZUMBRO
COLONIAL HOSPITAL
WORRELL HOSPITAL
THE DAMON HOTEL
CURIE HOSPITAL
ROCHESTER CALORIE KITCHEN
THE COLLEGE APARTMENTS
ZUMBRO CAFETERIA
MODEL LAUNDRY
Rochester, Minn.6 I'll make it more and more so. And you have your own friends, and they miss you terribly and you will enjoy them more than you ever did before. Indeed, I love them so much for their loyalty to you that I feel I can never keep away from Red Cloud18 long again. That's true!

THE KAHLER
THE KAHLER CORPORATION
OWNING AND OPERATING
THE KAHLER
HOTELZUMBRO
COLONIAL HOSPITAL
WORRELL HOSPITAL
THE DAMON HOTEL
CURIE HOSPITAL
ROCHESTER CALORIE KITCHEN
THE COLLEGE APARTMENTS
ZUMBRO CAFETERIA
MODEL LAUNDRY
Rochester, Minn. 7

So don't be blue, Mother. You seem to me almost the most fortunate old person I know. You have Doug19 to travel with, and several several of us to hang about you when you want to be at home. Of course if Elsie is with you next winter you will keep Lizzie, and I think we ought to pay Elsie, too.

Now cheer up; you are 8 getting older, and that's hard luck—but your children and all our old, faithful friends, and the young friends, too, are determined to make you happy.

With a heart very full of love for you Willie