My dear friend,
Oh my friend, what a lovely letter you have sent to me! I was beginning to worry that perhaps I had offended you, as I had not heard from you in quite some time. I am so thankful to know it was nothing egregious on my part. I certainly do understand how “the cares of this world” can get in our way and suddenly, the days and weeks have flown by.
You asked me many questions in your missive about our life in these times, so I will do my best to respond. It pleases me greatly that you wish to know about me, and yet I am more pleased that it has taken us these many months before asking about such things. We have become friends first, and what a kindness it is!
It does strike me a wee bit unusual that both of us would say our lives are filled with activity and, at times, we are overwhelmed. We both have husbands, children, extended family, homes we care for, church responsibilities and friends who matter greatly to us. You have told me you work at an office. There are women here who, to help out their family circumstances must also manage their husband’s office in addition to their home tasks as well. Some ladies here take in students to tutor them in academics, or for music lessons, or they teach young girls to sew. I also have told you about Mrs. Baxter, who opened Adelaide’s Tea Room after her husband passed. You can see that many women in Finchingfield and the surrounding areas might consider themselves as more than “homemakers.” Women are certainly resourceful, are they not?
I suppose what strikes me in all of this is I had assumed by the 21st century (if such a day did indeed come!), was that women would have would have discovered a way to satisfactorily manage the many aspects of their lives. I think with progress and invention and new ideas and all of that, someone somewhere would have resolved these issues. It simply baffles me that this is not so.
You asked about HM Queen Victoria, and while you said that her current lineage is filled with people she would be proud of, you will not say any more on the topic. I think that is best. I will tell you that we are fond of our Queen. She has been in mourning since her beloved Prince Albert died. The Queen always wears black; it is quite sad. They have several children who are of course adults now. I am sure you know Prince Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, is next in line for the throne, but of course we pray for HM to live a long and fruitful life.
You also asked for more details regarding our life with the Lord, Church and so on. I will save those questions for my next letter, as the children are waking from their naps and I must tend to them. I so enjoy our times writing back and forth to one another. Do always remember “it is the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance,” and that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Our Lord is so kind and gentle with us. Let us rejoice always!