Walter E. Dandy Letter 10/25/24

It seemed strange to be leaving Baltimore on a trip without the departure from home - but so many things have seemed strange. I have to keep asking myself if it is all not a dream. Were it not for the fact that I have the sweetest and dearest little girl and one more like my mother than anyone I could conceive, the change could never have been possible, for I have been so blessed with the deepest love, both material and personal that one thought that she and I together could really make you happier after the adjustment than you have been before, makes me realize that it was best.

Everyone dislikes to make a change when everything seems so perfect, but a more far reaching vision often shows that there is a far greater and broader and more beautiful horizon far ahead. Especially is this nice when the human instinct to conform to which is always best, is obeyed. All instincts, love, religion, etc. offer the greatest happiness to all concerned and I am sure we are not exceptions. Every day I see more to my little girl than I have reason to expect. She is ever real, true, earnest and sweet with it all, and all those qualities will be added with her love to the dearest and truest mother and father in the world - whose ideals have made and kept me where I am. Your boy is very happy, except for leaving his mother and father and I know this even will seem better to us all. Sadie is coming to spend a night with you before I return. Am now en route to Des Moines.

With love and kisses from your loving son,

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