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LETTERS FROM MOTHER
XV. She Shows Misuse of the Trait of Modesty.
My Dear Daughter: I am really proud of you. You have suc
ceeded in banishing all the "black butterflies," as the French call
that state of mind we designate "the blues."
That was 'certainly a happy thought of yours to address ail the
tiny envelopes to those of your friends tofwhom you wish to an
nounce the birth of your child, and I think with you, that as you
are going to have them engraved, the simplest form is best.
"Mr. and Mrs. are happy to announce the birth of a
son (or daughter) on February twenty-second, nineteen hundred ,
and twelve" is a dignified way of telling it.
You can Write this and give it to your husband and he can send
it to the engraver, with the addressed envelopes, immediately after
your "baby is born and he will send them out for you. I am also very
glad that you have written littles notes to your most intimate friends
to whom the engraved cards would seem somewhat formal. -
You tell me you have gone through your linen closet carefully
and arranged sheets, pillow cases, towels and other bedding and
toilet linen so that whoever takes charge of your house will know
just what is to be used. I know that your husband's clothes are in
perfect order, as you are a good housekeeper. x
Your idea of planning the meals for the first week of your ill
ness and writing out all the directions carefully is splendid. The
one running the house will be glad to have this list and it will insure
not only better meals, but I am positive that you have saved a good '
deal of waste, which is bound to occur when things are left in an un
settled state while the housewife is ill.
As I told you before you married, "Every child has a right to
be well born," and when men and women understand that tfyey incur
a greater responsibility irrgiving life than in taking it the birth of a
child will not be considered lightly.
In the one case they may put an end to an existence more or less
valuable; in the other they thrust upon a more or less inhospital
world a human entity to struggle and suffer, to rest and enjoy., ., :
Surely it is only fair that its inherited qualities and environment
sh'ould make the life in which it had no voice in choosing as easy as
Until very recently we have paid little attention to this impor
tant part of the world's work.
The word "modest" must answer for many sins of omission
and commission, and a mistaken sense of delicacy on the part-of oui '
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