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#2354: Willa Cather to Virginia Cather Brockway, February 5, 1938

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My dear West Virginia1:

What a nice girl you are to write me when I haven't written to you for so long. I am always about three hundred letters behind, you know. I haven't even written to Elizabeth4 yet, though she wrote me about her engagement last week. What a lot of new nephews I shall have to get acquainted with! Yes, we5 had a very happy Christmas, but no snow. I am like you: I love real winter. But we had lots of flowers sent us for Christmas and beautiful greens, and Yehudi6 sent me an orange tree with a great many oranges on it. He was on tour for Christmas, but his two darling sisters7 came and spent a part of Christmas Eve with us.

We had a wonderful time while your Uncle Douglass8 was here. He has such a nice way of being able to relax and be really present with one, with his whole mind and his whole self. It makes one feel as if he had come to stay forever, and had lots of time to spend with one.

Virginia9 and Dick10 are getting on splendidly. He has just finished his internship at Bellevue and takes a position in the New York Orthopaedic Hospital next week – awfully good place for a young man to get started. Of course, it will be a modest position for the first two years, but after that it will mean something very good.

Be sure to let me know if you and John11 run on to New York2 – let me know a week ahead if you can, because I have to plan a free day pretty far ahead. I will love to see you again, and until then much love from me.

Your Aunt Willie
Mrs. J. H. Brockway,1 Postgraduate School, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.3 NEW YORK, N.Y. STA. Y2 FEB 10 1938 1030 AM