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Indeed, at times she had to force herself to write in her diary “to express things that I think I might like to know my views on later” (April 5, 1928) or to catch up on missed entries (November 3, 1928). “I feel awful doing that,” she admitted (November 3, 1928), but these were busy teenage years that did not necessarily lend themselves to the regular entries of traditional diary writing. Staebler was reading more than she was writing and, as might be expected of a teenager and young adult, she was learning about herself (May 19, 1924) and about life beyond childhood.

March 7, 1925 Funny, too, we always do seem to think about getting married more than anything else. Yet I don’t know if I want to be after all. It’d be kinda nice, I guess, having a bunch of kids when you’re sort of old. But the monotony of it. If I’d be an old maid, I’d want to travel all the time, only then I wouldn’t have enough money and I’d really need an awful lot. My ambition has always been to travel and see everything. I must do it somehow. I’d like to do something awfully good and beneficial to mankind; only that way I wouldn’t have anything, I guess.

Another cause for worry in the Staebler relationship was “the baby problem” (October 12, 1944). After a decade of marriage, the couple remained childless. 3 The Staebler marriage maintained outward appearances but it was far from what Edna had expected. ” “He isn’t interested in all the things that I share with the other people,” Edna observed. “He wants me to be alone with them. But is it right? ” (January 7, 1945). Keith did not discourage Edna’s friendships with other men. During the war years, soldiers from the Kitchener training camp were invited to Sunday dinner at the home of local residents.

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