I am afraid that you have misjudged my character completely in stating, as you did so very bluntly, that "a person who ends up not able to talk has had a more disturbed upbringing than one who has talked a little too much." In fact, I must say that it is the reverse of that statement that is true. If a lady has been brought up properly, she will have been taught that it is impolite for a lady to voice her opinions loudly and force them upon others. It is a different matter entirely in a private, personal correspondence, however. That is why, Kirsten, you find that I am not particularly outspoken in my daily conversations. Proper ladies must be quiet, polite, and demure. A mark of one who has not received proper education in etiquette is she who speaks too often and out of turn, voicing every word that pops into her head without any premeditation.
The children received the chicken pox from visiting their dear friend, Sonja. It has nothing in the slightest to do with my house being in less than perfect order. It seems as if you are "grabbing at straws," or so they say. I would think it likely that your family is far more susceptible to disease, what with all the farm animals you deal with daily?