"This house told more about Mrs. Parker than words ever could. Here were beautiful things . . . Beautiful things were here to be used.
In the midst of this loveliness there was comfort . . . People lived here and liked it.
Mary sensed that this pleasant atmosphere was not because of the lovely things in the house but because of Mrs. Parker herself. She understood now what Mrs. Parker gave [her husband] . . . how she surrounded her husband in his home with all the things in which he could rejoice. She realized now that Mrs. Parker was not just an older girl, for all her unquenchable youthfulness. She was a woman who understood and delighted in the task that was hers."
--Mildred Foulke Meese, Star Light, Star Bright (1940)