Her letter begins, "I have lived on the farm and in the city. I have found high lights and shadows in each. Life on the farm is not the simple combination of fresh air, flower gardens, butter and eggs that some city sisters envy us for, and yet--I would have my two daughters marry farmers because I think they will be most likely to find there the three conditions that make for a married woman's happiness."
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Her first condition for happiness is for the farmer and his wife to be real partners in running the farm..."always know that both are working for what both spend." Good advice for any couple, I say!
Second, a happy farm wife "must have a reasonable number of conveniences." Her hope is that her daughters will "have electric power, running water and other conveniences that city housekeepers have", things that this wife did not have herself. My, how times have changed. (I'd probably add high speed internet, but that's just me.)
Puss in the Corner-Block 71
Storm Signal-Block 90
Realistically she knows that, "happiness does not rest solely on the question of city or country but I do think that, considering the steady improvement in living conditions on the farm, the greatest possibilities lie in that direction."I liked this practical letter. The author has a good head on her shoulders, don't you think! I wonder what Cindy thought. I'm going there now to find out. Join me?