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>39. Comfort January 3, 1924 Dear Tess, Thank you for not crossing me off your Christmas card list! I appreciate that you’ve kept me in your holiday thoughts despite the fact I haven’t sent out cards in the past few years.The truth is, my world felt as if it was falling apart five years ago when I gave birth to my daughter, Margery Rose. She was diagnosed with mongoloid idiocy,and despite the doctor’s warnings to have her institutionalized, I just couldn’t.While I can’t pretend it hasn’t been a strain on all of us, she’s grown to be such a loving and integral part of our family. Now we couldn’t imagine what our lives would be like without her. I’m delighted you and your girls will have a stopover in Austin on your way out west this spring.You didn’t say how long you expect to be here, but I hope it will be long enough for us to visit. I can pick you up at the train station, and if time permits, I’d love to show you the herb shop I’ve opened with two of my dearest friends. By then we plan to have the tearoom fully operational. If you’ll be here for more than one day, Brooks and I insist you stay with us.We have plenty of room. I thought about you last summer when we took the children for a trip back up toWashington.We spent a few days with Brooks’ parents inTacoma and over a week in the Seattle area. It’s the first time I’ve been to the cemetery since my mother’s funeral. She died a cou322 ple of weeks before I met you on the train. I know it sounds odd, but as I put fresh roses on her grave, I felt as if she passed some of her leftover life energy into me. Nothing’s been the same since. I’ve been thinking a lot about the last fourteen years since Brooks and I started out from the West Coast and began our lives in the heart of Texas.We had such grand plans for ourselves, for our home, and for our family. I’ve come to the conclusion there are two ways in which one can assess success. So many things didn’t turn out the way I’d dreamed;still—everything turned out exactly the way it was supposed to. Do you know what I mean? Best wishes for the happiest NewYear yet— Camille Dennison Abernathy 323 Comfort ...


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