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Letter to her mother describing a conversation with Dick about their relationship, plans to go to the circus in Boston, and the corsages she and Lee received at Prom; and discussing potential arrangements to see each other at the end of the school year.


5/3/34 [stationary heading] News from Wellesley College WELLESLEY COLLEGE PRESS BOARD Wellesley, Massachusetts Release Darling Mums, Should have sung in chapel this morning, but waited so long for Lee to get thru “satisfactions” that it was too late to go, so Ginger the practical, takes this time so opportunely given, to say hello to her Mumsy! A rather damp, foggy good morning, quite reminiscent of California, and also very warm, almost stuffy. But I suppose we deserve this sort of day once in a while, cause we have had such gorgeous weather for the past week or so. Yesterday I did play golf, or rather got some help on my swing, and then went out for Crew, tho the lake was a bit choppy. After a hasty shower, got dressed and we went in to the apartment, for strawberry shortcake and a very satisfactory talk with Dick. Don't worry about the boy any more, darling, cause from something he said once, I gathered there was another girl at home, and I lead the conversation around to her, and got the whole story. It seems Dick does really think a great deal of the girl, and while, to quote him, she hasn't as good a figure, nor is she as good looking as yours truly, she has very beautiful eyes, thinks Dick is wonderful. He asked about Ralph, and I told him a very little bit. So we’re down to a very comfortable basis of friendship, the sort “whenever you need someone's shoulder to cry on, someone to talk to, someone to be companionable, here I am.” I'm terribly glad to have it that way, and not be so concerned with wondering if the boy is going to fall in love with me and complicate matters. However he said that his opinion of me was in no wise changed, and that if he had never met, and fall in love with Mary Alice, our relations would have been quite different, at least on his side! He apparently thinks a great deal of me, but Mary Alice thinks a great deal of see? So that's one less thing to worry about. And a “mutual understanding” is a very comfortable sort of basis to go on. Came back at 10, and went practically immediately to bed, which is all the news at present, it being 8.30 and Bible time. See you later. noon Back again in a real rain, but still warm. Just changed the water agin [mis-spelling: again] on my mayflowers, and they're still very sweet. None around here that we saw. But perhaps I can pick up a starfish or so Saturday. The picnic is to be in the afternoon..and I don't anticipate imbibing. When Brent took me to dinner, he didn't drink, so hope we have a merry but not riotous time. It's to be followed by a trip to the circus in the evening at the Boston Gardens--which ought to climax the day in the approved peanuty [mis-spelling: peanutty] fashion. Exams again are from the 3rd to the 13th, and commencement is on the 18th. Will probably use the time to loaf, see Boston, and generally do as I please and as Lee and I plan. Does Ralph get through in time to come out? It would be fun to go home in the meantime, but there’s all the bother of packing, which will take fully a day, and that would mean leaving on the 15th, and leaving Sch, again on the 17th to get back here. However….but when are you thru? In time to come out and spend that interval with me? Or later? But we can see. Do tell me what you think of coming out [Page 2] for tree day and float night in case there's an excursion. That's the 18th and 19th. Uh, huh, Have a copy of biography, but it's too heavy to mail. I do want yours and Mildred's criticism of it thogh [mis-spelling: though]... and I haven't even written Mildred to thank her for bothering about me to give me the material. I shall... soon... but... all the things I have to do ..soon! Better get started doing them, I guess darlin’, so my best love and 2 hugs, Ginger P.S. my corsages were 1. Friday…lilies of the valley, talisman roses and blue delphinium! 2. Saturday..Sweet peas of all shades, and lilies of the valley (perfectly lovely) Lee’s were 1. Friday---a single orchid (her first) 2. Saturday--yellow roses and lilies of the valley. Two nights! Yes of course they were idgits [mis-spelling: idiots], but we loved it, and I think they enjoyed our appreciation. Do you think Ralph is rather nice, do I hear you say?


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Home and Family; Personal Relationships; Student Life


Men; Flowers; Proms; Circus

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 May 3