Today's farmer's wife is from Massachusetts. And another feisty wife she is! I think that is what I am enjoying the most about reading these letters from the 1920s. She starts by refuting current false statements regarding a woman's life on the farm, such as "no modern improvements" and "too isolated....They are in a class with the bogy man and similar imaginary terrors."
She goes on to prove her point by citing "one-pipe furnaces, farm lighting systems, septic tanks and the expert knowledge of rural sanitation...." She also likes alliteration. "The other bugbear, isolation, can be answered in the key of 'F', as it were--Flivvers, Fones and Free Rural Delivery." She feels that the bright daughter, "who might be a nobody in a large city, can be a real power in a small farm community...." She and her husband probably spend hours talking about the business of running a farm, sitting at their kitchen table and having a cup of coffee.
#25 Cups & Saucers
"It is upon the farm that her mind may be kept broad and alert by much reading, much thinking; her heart kept sympathetic and warm by communion with God's out-of-doors..." She probably kept in touch with what was going on in the world through periodicals and letters brought by the mailman. Don't forget that she mentioned "free rural delivery." Free, you say? And here we are in 2012, with postage that continually goes up in price, and contemplating delivery service going from six days per week to five.
#68 Postage Stamp
All these farmer's wives constantly inspire me with their spunk and love of life on the farm. They certainly are able and willing to communicate their thoughts in an articulate way.And I'm happy to have a little bit of insight into their lives.
Carla's thoughts. She always has great blocks, and fascinating insight into the letters as she actually lives on a farm!