#2382: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Cather Ickis, [April 8, 1943]

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My Darling Elizabeth1;

Did you really make those lovely Christmas cards4 yourself? Why, I shall value them more than ever. Here was I, going about town in December saying to the shop men; "Haven't you anything gay and unusual like this?" producing last year's card. No wonder they shook their heads. Edith5 is one of the directing people in the art department of the Jay Walter Thompson Advertising Company, and she, too, thinks these cards lovely—they have so much vitality.

My dear, Margaret's baby6 was only twenty hours old when I first saw him. He seemed quite finished—a little citizen, and could focus his vision. He stared me gravely through the glass door of his prison. An obliging nurse held him up.

I saw Margaret7 the day before the she left the hospital and she looked so sweet and not ill. I rather doubt whether her husband8 is the "cherishing" kind. That happens when young men marry when the fancy takes them and don't have to "earn" their wife. I wish Margaret lived nearer to me. I must stop—for the doctor limits me9 to one-page letters as yet. My love to you, dear, and I hope the new baby10 will be lovely.

W. S. C.
Mrs. Lynn S. Ickis1 16221 Greyton Road East Cleveland3 Ohio NEW YORK N.Y.2 APR 8 1943 2 PM