I have only one correspondent of the name Kirsten Larson, yourself obviously, so therefor I shall hardly be needing a list of rules regarding how or how I should not react to receiving said correspondence.
This way of speaking, which you call "sarcasm," that requires one to discover truth in a series of falsehoods seems to me utterly ludicrous. I shall take no part in it. I suppose I must simply assume that you generally mean the opposite of what you say! What nonsense! Perhaps you should spend a bit less time playing with your baby brother, Kirsten. His childish behavior seems to be having an affect on you. How he will grow up to behave shall, indeed, be disturbing, as he has most likely been witness to all kinds of bizarre practices on your part. Smashing instruments into jelly and sewing pig dresses to name a few.
The way you purposefully avoided responding to my statements of obvious disapproval concerning your jamming of instruments has only confirmed my suspicions, even though your purpose in evading the questions I asked was probably to dissuade me from pursuing the subject. I am not one to be swayed easily, Kirsten, but in this particular case and subject, I wish to speak no more.
Having admitted that, however, I must address the subject of your parents having slept for the last few months. The lack of responsibility in such an action is astonishing. Have you been in charge of the farm and food stand in their absence? I have not been required downtown for a while now, but wonder at what the state of things will be when I do return.
I shudder at the thought. Mother and I keep the house in fine condition, thank you very much. At this moment, there is laundry to be put away, but aside from that, we are prepared for anyone who may come calling.
I do recall the days of which you speak, when Nan and Anna were wildly out of control. I often wonder if that is what Mother and Father did wrong in raising Nancy when she was but a wee babe.
Obviously something must have been different in Nancy's upbringing than Rachel's and my own, and I believe the fault lies in her having far too much free time to play unsupervised in her early years. Therefore, I encourage you and your mother to maintain a close eye on Peder in these crucial years of his development.
Sincerely, Felicity Merriman