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Letter to her mother describing returning to campus, things she learned in her education class, her enjoyment of the trip home, letters from Lee and Ralph, and her plans to enjoy the semester.


2/11/35 [stationary heading] WELLESLEY COLLEGE WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS [deletion: OFFICE OF PUBLICITY] Education Class Monday morning 8:38 AM Mother dearest - Oh yes, I’m still awake - my oh my yes. Why it’s practically Spring outside! We got in shortly after six - it was still gray - still a star or 2, but by the time I got up to the Dorm, they had all disappeared - and while the birds weren’t singing, except a few crows - I enjoyed my walk. And now the sun is shining. I’m even glad to be sitting here half listening to Mrs. Nichols with her sweetly rising and falling voice, talking about the advance of secondary education - something like 3852% more than 1880. - California is pretty good. 93% [Page 2] of the city children go to High School. We’re practically at the top then, by jove. Only one more class after this, and that - Speech. Then I’m coming home to sleep this afternoon! (Do you do the same!) You must be awfully tired - a frazzled college daughter on your hands for 4 days. Oh, but you did such a grand job of smoothing down and building up. I feel all straightened out to start on the home stretch. And it wasn’t just a “change of scene” at all, at all. It was the change of scene - it was being home - being with you. College and - [Page 3] my room got to mean, and seem, homey, but there’s such a difference between homey and home. I’m so eternally lucky to have a real home, and I’m more than lucky to have you - and don’t think I don’t know it! I was so glad Mr. Hugin was there to escort you safely home. Tell “Ad” he won’t have to wait until heaven to get his reward, - he’s achieved immortality already! My mailbox contained 2 letters - a short note from Lee explaining a box she sent (with cookies, fruit cake and coffee cake) and one [Page 4] from Ralph. He came thru exams - “definitely.” One A, a couple of B’s and the rest C’s. I don’t see how that boy manages everything. Talk about me being overworked - I have a picnic in comparison. Well - suppose I’d better return to that picnic - I’m going to make it that, this next Semester. After all, Spring is coming - and I won’t waste much time in Keeping up with it. Don’t forget to call up Mum Mum & let me know how her cold is - and I do hope you keep yours under the lid. Better dose it with a few warming (but not dizzying) tumblers! Wasn’t it good? Oh but wasn’t everything not only good, but scrumptious! Darling - you spoil me - but you do it so beautifully! Love you - oh much more than you think! Ginger


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Academics; Home and Family; Personal Relationships


Education; Homesickness; Men; Cold (Disease)

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1935 February 11