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...I donít know whether to congratulate you or tell you to think again. This Ken that you are marrying, are you sure you are doing the right thing? Wasnít he the one that you said was homely and wasnít a keeper? What made you change your mind?...

Rosie sounds a warning note about her sister's proposed marriage, then later sends a congratulatory telegram.

Jean Day continues her story told in letters of family life in the USA some eighty years ago.

Ashland

April 20th, 1925

Dear Annie

I donít think I wrote since you went to Gertieís special day. It was sad that she asked her new name to be Sister Rose Anne, after the two of us, and they made her take Sister Rose Alma, since the other one was already taken. But you will always know that she wanted to have yours.

I wonder when we will be able to see her again. I think it is five years usually before nuns get a vacation. It was nice she had time in Jamestown last year, when they were working on the new wing at the Academy and needed her to do their clerical work, but then when she got permission to go home, and due to the snow, got back late, she was severely reprimanded. So that was the last time most of the family saw her.

I donít know whether to congratulate you or tell you to think again. This Ken that you are marrying, are you sure you are doing the right thing? Wasnít he the one that you said was homely and wasnít a keeper? What made you change your mind?

You shouldnít get married to him just because you donít think anybody else will ask you and he has a nice car. You are a beautiful wonderful woman and no doubt if you are patient a bit longer, you will find somebody else. Do make sure you are doing this for the right reason.

I also think part of your decision might have been influenced by the fact you donít like your teaching job there. You could try to get another job somewhere else. Iím just so afraid that you are making your decision for all the wrong reasons. But if you tell me to mind my own business and that you are happy with the way things are, then I will be happy for you too.

Love from your nosy big sister, Rose

Telegram at wedding. December 26, 1925

Congratulations to Anna and Ken and all the best wishes in the world from Rose and Julius. Wish we could have been with you.

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