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#2377: Willa Cather to Margaret Cather Shannon, [September 3, 1942]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Little Margaret;1

Haven't we had a rough time of it! I don't mind operations so much as I do the afterward—the long road home. When I went into the hospital4 I weighed one hundred and twenty–two pounds—a very nice weight for me. Now I weigh just one hundred and ten, just Mary Virginia's5 weight. My skeleton is heavier than hers, so you see there is not much flesh on it. I have been home6 nearly three weeks and I have not gained a pound, though Edith7 markets for me all morning and Mrs. Rabouin8 cooks cooks for me all day long. I simply don't want food—hate it. Stomachs do behave like that after they lose their work mate sometimes. I sit up for two hours in the morning and two in the late afternoon, but I have not seen any of my friends yet—felt feel too weak.

I must manage to get about a little while Virginia9 is here2 (Oh, I am so glad she is here!) so that we can have a happy meeting. I send much love to you both10, and I wish I could send myself right out to Jackson Heights!

Your slender, but also haggard, Aunt Willie
Mrs. Richard Shannon1 7805 19th Drive Jackson Heights L.I.3 New York NEW YORK, N.Y.2 SEP 4 1942 12–M