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#2774: Willa Cather to Charles E. Cather, December 26 [1945]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Boy1

What a dear boy you were to send me lovely flowers for my Christmas! Nothing that came to me pleased me so much as those dear flowers. The daffodils are still fresh after the fourth day and the violets perfumed the sitting room even after they began to fade. You sent the very flowers Roscoe5 and Douglass6 used always to send me. Maybe you will take their place. They were the only members of my family who ever thought me worth the slightest exx extravagance—which after all is merely an expression of real affection—I know that, for I have loved and admired many people in my life, and that feeling always made ne me want to give them something lovely.

I have no doubt that the remaining members of my family might scrape a little fund together if I were in desperate need—to keep face, as the Japs say. But it's the things we don't need which tell us when people and love us—and they warm our hearts.

A hug to you, and my warm thanks. Your Aunt Willie
Mr. Charles E. Cather1 Monitcello Hotel Boulder3 Colorado NEW YORK, N. Y. STA. Y2 DEC 26 1945 230 PM FROM CATHER 570 PARK AVE.4, NEW YORK CITY2