Lula missed her mother and brothers and sisters but had no time for self-pity. Instead, she picked up a pen. In the early 1900s, letters were not the novelty they are today. They were a lifeline. Without email, Instagram, texting, or FaceTime, people stayed connected through paper and pen.
Lula’s frequent letters are informal and conversational and as she chats with her mom and updates her on day to day life, the 2,000 miles between them vanishes. Local gossip, the weather, housework, gardening, farming, her job at the general store, her work as a postmistress, her growing family, her request for a cake recipe—anything and everything that crossed Lula’s mind crosses the page. Her letters are a testament not only to the life she created as a young wife, but to the enduring and powerful bond between a mother and daughter.