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2817 First Rd.,North, Arlington, Va.
29 October, 1946

Dear Miss Sherman:

I am answering your letter addressed to my husband partly because he is so pressed for time and partly because I enjoy writing about my only child more than he does.

As far as I can tell, without others to compare her with, she is and never has been any problem, except of course in having the handicap of growing up by herself. But I trust that her little angles may be properly  polished off in her college life. Ever since she was a baby she has loved a good laugh. I stayed home with her the first year and as I was very busy all the time doing a lot of drawings, I used to put her in her high chair by my table while I worked. The greatest game we had was a laughing game. I would chuckle and then she would until she would be in a gale of baby laughter. That trait has been very strong all her life. I know that the girls that she will chum with are the ones who have a good sense of humor. We had a housekeeper nurse, who looked after her till she was 5 years old and grew very attached to her. She always said that Doris had a one track mind and nothing could swerve her from what she was after at that moment, - a persistency that was trying at times. When she was 5 years old my work in the government came to an end, and I stayed home with her another year. I taught her to read and write so when she went to school. She was put into the 2nd grade and stood high in her classes from then on. In her school work she wasn't happy unless she was at the head of her classes. She worked too conscientiously and often was too high tensioned as a result. She got along well with the other children, although she never had many very intimate friends, only a few. There has  been one girl with whom she has been very close ever since early school days. It is a pity that they could not be together in college, but little Dolores lost her father and a brother of 20 had to start supporting the mother and 3 other children. Now Dolores is working her way thru George Washington and contributing to the support of the family also. She calls me up frequently to say how she misses Doris.

We always hoped that Doris might pursue our biological interests. All thru her childhood she was intensely interested in natural history. She reared spiders, insects, crabs, turtles, snakes, fish, wild mice, wild rabbits, etc., and in so doing really acquired a great fund of knowledge. Then all at once she revolted against it, - I think because she used to see me working on dried specimens in the Museum. She said she didn't want to work in a Museum, she would like to be a keeper in a Zoo. In high school she began to take a leading part in writing the school papers and such and decided that she would be a journalist. She has kept a diary since she was 9 years old which has grown and grown. Maybe that ease in writing will lead her to choose journalism. She is rather musical and took singing lessons for a number of years. In painting she shows considerable originality too. I think there is a strong creative urge in her.

In regard to sex, she has matured very slowly. Physically she did not menstruate until late - her maternal grandmother who is now 91 was the same. The sex development will come in her college years. But with her good sense of fun and her intellectual development she will be well balanced. You
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