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"Pleasures—Yes and Regrets"

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Nellie McClung, "Pleasures—Yes and Regrets," Canadian Home Journal May 1931: 28. Courtesy of City of Edmonton Archives.

I do not like to look back. It is a sure sign of advancing years. But at the request of the Managing Editor of the Canadian Home Journal I will . . .

I am glad that I always took the time to read to my children when they were little, whether the dishes were washed or not. I knew the dishes would keep—you can depend on dishes—but the days of childhood are so quickly sped! I am glad I knew that, even then . . . I am glad too that I kept alive my own ambitions even when it would have been much easier to become "a home-loving heart who had no thought beyond her children." I had read an obituary eulogy once where that sentence was used and it seemed to me that it portrayed a state from which every woman might well pray to be delivered. . . . I have my regrets, of course. I wish I had known more of child psychology. I can see many places where I might have done better. But children are charitable and ready to believe that parents are doing the best they can.

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