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Susan has the baby!

“Velma, I don’t feel well.” That was how it started. By lunch Velma had accompanied Susan to the hospital, fretting and unsure. By the end of the day, it was over. Velma had wanted to throw a baby shower. It … Continue reading

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Velma throws a party

Velma twittered around getting everything ready. She had been inspired by an old friend’s tradition of hosting an annual twelfth night party. Velma laid the table in the rooming house’s guest dining room.   She made her Gram’s famous 7-layer … Continue reading

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Velma

“It was glorious, just like old times!  I was wearing sequins — can you just imagine?  A beautiful pink mohair sweater with a sequined collar.  And a kind of ruffly pink fairy skirt.  I got a mountain of compliments, and … Continue reading

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Velma

Velma climbed out of Vesta’s Model A at the train station, leaving with mixed feelings.  She would miss Vesta, and this was good – it meant the women’s rooming house had  become home, and her pining for young urban days … Continue reading

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Scarlett

Scarlett pinned her favorite signature-color brooch to the waist of her new party outfit.  She’d seen it in a Variety  story on the recent awards ceremony and bought it for her party. Velma had come.  Thank God, Velma had come.  And … Continue reading

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Velma

The card was postmarked New York, New York; tearing the envelope revealed Scarlett’s signature color first, then a gorgeous energetic card.  Then out slipped a check.  Velma sighed.  Her city friend did not give up; she might as well start … Continue reading

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Scarlett

“… up to my eyebrows in party preparations, Velma!  You must come of course!  I’d love you to come early and help with preparations, just like the old days.  I know you were just here, it was marvelous darling! …Yes … Continue reading

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Velma

“Dear Scarlett:  You’ll be surprised to hear that I ventured out of my shell to a party this weekend!  Not like our New York City crowd, of course.  Girls from the rooming house, girls from the library, girls from the … Continue reading

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Velma

Velma rode back to the rooming house with Vesta in the old Model A.  Separated during most of the party, Velma briefly worried about smalltalk on the return to the country.  She needn’t have.  Vesta was energized by it all: … Continue reading

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The Party

As usual at parties during national crises, this one was overwhelmingly female.  Velma and Vesta had parted ways at the door and each found their coterie of fashionable women, some from the rooming house, some the library, some the city. … Continue reading

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