Caroline: You know, when your Pa and I were first married, it was a very difficult time for me. I'd been teaching, and I felt I was doing my students some good, and myself some good. I missed that after I was married. I loved your Pa, but……I wasn't always happy, and when you're first married, well, you expect to be happy all the time. I still wanted to teach, but I couldn't, and with your Pa, there just wasn't a school close enough……and I doubt he would have let me, anyway. It's one of the first things that's hard to get used to when you're first married. Your life just isn't totally your own anymore. You can't do everything you want to, and it's not just the women folk. I'm sure there are things your Pa would have loved to do. Places he wanted to go, places I knew he wanted to see. But neither one of us would change a thing, because if we did, there wouldn't be a Mary, and a Laura, and a Carrie, and Grace, and an Albert. I know how you're feeling, believe me. But don't worry, you'll be a teacher.
Caroline: Oh, Laura, a mother is all things! A cook, a dressmaker, a disciplinarian, a nurse, but above all, a teacher. And I know that when your children are ready to graduate from your family, they'll be as ready to face the world as you are. I know they will.