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Never worry about the turkey. Don't think I could have managed him if he had arrived. We3 have only a part-time cook - not very expert.
But the plant from Thorley's4 was, and is, a great success: a cyclamen, deep rose color, with the beautiful leaves all fresh and strong. I enjoy beautiful plants just as much as I detest ratty ones. This one has given me great pleasure. I would love to write you by hand, but just in the middle of a piece5 of work which I was enjoying very much, my right hand6 went back on me complete and is tied up in a brace7 again. It cannot even get out to wish you a Happy New Year with a pen.
Thinking about years, Old and New, (in a period of enforced inactivity, one does think, you know) it has occurred to me that you have had the things you most wanted out of the years, and that I have got a good deal of what I wanted. Above all, I have pretty well escaped the things I violently did not want, some of which were: too much money, noisy publicity, the bother of meeting lots of people. While I was editor of McClure's8 I had to meet a great many people, both here2 and in England9. I enjoyed it, but after I had enough of it, I wanted to be absolutely free - and I have enjoyed that much more.Affectionately and with a thousand good wishes, Willa Cather