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Letter to her mother describing her disappointment in missing a phone call to her mother, her relaxing Saturday, a service at an Episcopal church, and the alterations she made to a dress.
Feb 27, ‘34 [stationary heading] WELLESLEY, MASS. Monday noon Dearest & dearester - Your letters arrived this morning - and when I think of your waiting for me to call last night, it makes me feel simply terrible. Oh worse than that. I expected to call next Sunday, the first in March, but if I had only known you were expecting me last night, I'd have kept those wires busy! And I could have too - I was in at the apartment and I could have shouted as much as I wanted to - but there's not much use talking about it now. I suppose you stayed up till real late too. Oh dear! And I'm so very sorry to hear about you being in bed. Evidently Mrs. Doern's visit had its actual & lasting effect - I can sympathize! But mine isn’t a real one - it started to be but I didn't stir out of doors Saturday after my 9:40 class, so [Page 2] Dosed [mis-spelling: dozed], read “Flush” which I’m analyzing for criticism course, & went to bed comparatively early - oh yes, listened to Tannkhauser [mis-spelling: Tannhäuser] which I did like muchly - & am looking forward to nest [mis-spelling: next] weeks - Lily Pons & Nino Martini. Thanks for the enclosed clippings - it’s so nice to get them - especially the friendship one. By the way, Lee wants me to go home with her this weekend because a boy she knows is driving back, but we decided not to go last night when the weather began weathering. It's been snowing steadily since 8 o’clock last night, & there isn't a sign of a let-up. This darned weather is annoying me - & last year this time we were taking sun baths!! Huh! Oh well, nature in all its glories! Double exclamation point. No, we haven't had a chance to study cheiro yet, but expect to one [Page 3] of the days when there's nothing else to do. triple exclamation point. Too bad the church-going was so arduous. I went here too - Episcopal service, & I felt like a regular up & downer - knee action wheels n’everything, & many amens which somehow amused me a little - but when he did get to talking, he really said quite a lot, & I enjoyed him. Sent my formal to be cleaned this morning - & figured out a way for its continued existence. This may sound queer, but we tried my blue & white piqué scarf that May gave me on the pink, & it just set it off beautifully - so with a dust ruffle around the bottom of the piqué, & new sleeves - of blue & white [deletion: white] shoulder effect - I think the dress will do beautifully, without the expense of dyeing, & with the only added cost of piqué, which isn't [Page 4] too much. The combination of pink, navy & white does sound queer, but it certainly changes the appearance of the dress, & it makes it rather striking - & I can wear it Friday night to the dance at M.I.T. with Dick - to which I received by mail an invitation with Stocky! But then I'll see Stocky Thursday night - so I should worry about Friday - Yes indeed I love the Reader's Digest when you're finished - I read the Times on Sunday, & that's about all - so I'd say thank you very very kindly. Do wish I could have talked to with you last night - not that there's so much we could say over the telephone, but we'd hear each other anyway. But I do hope you're feeling better - & don't worry about my little cold, cause it’s well under control. Wish I had time to write more, but - I just haven’t - Have lots more love to the best mother in the world though - and then doubled! Ginny
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Dress; Home and Family; Religion and Spirituality
Clothing and dress; Religious gatherings; Cold (Disease); Newspapers
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 February 27" (1934). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 158.