Saint Therese recounts in her Story of A Soul some incidents from her early childhood, the accounts of which were preserved for her in letters of her mother. In a letter of 5 December, 1875, her mother, Zelie Guerin, writes of the young Therese:
"Baby is a little imp; she'll kiss me and at the same time wish me to die. 'Oh, how I wish you would die, dear little Mother!' When I scold her, she answers: 'It is because I want you to go to heaven, and you say we must die to get there!' She wishes the same for her Father in her outbursts of affection for him."