From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin CF 83 - December 15, 1872.

From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin

December 15, 1872

I’m expecting my little angel any day now, and I’m very much at a loss because I still haven’t found a wet nurse.

I’ve seen several of them, but they didn’t suit me perfectly, and my husband has never been able to make up his mind and choose one. It’s not because of the cost. It’s because we’re afraid of bringing someone into our home who’s not very suitable, as are generally all the wet nurses today.

As for hiring a second maid who would put me through a lot of trouble and not take care of my child as I would like, I prefer to remain silent. If God gives me the grace of being able to nurse my child, it will be nothing but a pleasure to raise her. As for me, I’m crazy about children, I was born to have them, but it will soon be time for that to be over. I’ll be forty-one years old the twenty-third of this month, old enough to be a grandmother.

I probably won’t write you before the birth of my baby. I hope this will take place around Christmas, and I fully expect to be the one who’ll announce the news to you.

 © Society of St. Paul / Alba House

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