Books and Nursery Rhymes...

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Opal and Mother have always enjoyed telling stories about when they were little... or when their children were little... Some of my favorite times spent with them were listening to their stories.

Me at age two

A couple of the stories told by Opal and Mother involve nursery rhymes and books they read to me...

Nursery rhymes were a favorite of mine. What is it about the sing-song silliness of them that little children like? But... children don't always understand some of the strange new words and when reciting the rhymes themselves will substitute a more familiar word.

For instance... "Old Mother Hubbarb" ...
Do you know how it goes?
Well I would say, "Old Mother Hubbarb, went to the cupboard to get her poor dog a bone. When she got there, the cupboard was full of bears!..."
(instead of "the cupboard was bare")

"Little Miss Muffet" is another silly rhyme that doesn't make much sense. Who ever heard of "curds and whey" and what is a tuffet? Why not "Little Miss Drool sat on her stool"... Doesn't that make more sense? Anyway, as the story goes, my version went: "Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating her curtains away." teehee

Matt about three years old

When Matt was little his version of "Little Boy Blue" went like this: "Little Boy Blue come blow your horn the sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn. Where's the little boy who looks after the sheep? He's under the wastebasket fast asleep." I guess Matt wasn't familiar with a haystack.

I had a favorite story book... "Bobby Had A Nickel"

The story started out "Bobby had a nickel, all his very own?

Should he buy some candy or an ice cream cone?"

It goes on and on, listing things Bobby might like to buy. This was 1946 and I am struck by all the choices Bobby had with only a nickel to his name... a ball, truck, or an airplane, crayons, a balloon, marbles, or a whistle, book, a sand pail, kite, or jump rope, a top, piggy bank, peanuts, or cookies and more. I doubt you could buy anything at all with only one nickel today. Maybe if you had a dollar and were at The Dollar Store you could find something... Even with a dollar it would be hard to find some of the choices Bobby had. I guess that's inflation!!

In the end Bobby uses his nickel to ride a carousel.

"Bobby Had A Nickel" was the one book I insisted Mother read to me over and over again... until when I was about three I almost knew it by heart. I could fill in the last word on each page. Sometimes Mother would try to change the words, but she couldn't fool me and I'd correct her.

Jill about three years old

My own children had several favorite story books...
"The Oscar Book" about Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street who doesn't want anyone reading his book and then is mad when you go away in the end. I think I must have bought it when Matt was little as it still has the price on it... 33 cents.

Another fun Sesame Street book was "Hide and Seek with Grover"... Grover keeps trying to hide in the book, in the crack, behind the word bubbles and so on and when you can see him, he is upset. In the end he says "Do you see Grover? Please say no." and when you do say no before turning the page, he is so excited and on the last page he says, "You are my BEST FRIEND!" This book cost 89 cents.

"WHAT WAS THAT?" is a book about a family of bears and after putting the little one to sleep he hears something that scars him so he goes to sleep in with his older brother, then they hear something and go to the next oldest until all of them are in with the parents and the bed breaks. The price of this one... 95 cents. They still make these kind of books however I think they are in the $2 to $3 price range now.

"Who Are You?" is a much smaller book, about 5 inches square to the other books 8 inches. The price on it is only 25 cents. It was always fun to read, full of silly questions and their possible answers. For instance:

Your Bed...
Do you like to go to bed?
Would you rather play instead?
Do you go to bed and giggle?
Do you toss and squirm and wiggle?


Your Size...
Are you little?
Are you big?
Are you bigger
Than a pig?

and my favorite...

Your Name...
Is it Maude?
Is it Nancy?
Do you have a name that's fancy?
Is it Joe
Or even Caesar?
Do they call you Ebenezer?

When Mother wants
You home for lunch,
Does she call
You "Honeybunch"?
Do you have a silly name,
Like Pickle-Noodle
Sidney, Sadie Sam or Sue...
Is your name just right for you?

Wade about three years old

We got all of these books when Wade was little, I guess, because they have his name on the inside. Yet, I remember Matt and Jill enjoyed them and laughed at them too... after all they were only 5 & 6 when Wade was born. I've saved the books all these years for when I had grandchildren.

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Wade's School Pictures

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School pictures were generally taken in the Fall every year... September or November... Following are my school pictures... plus a couple extra...

September 1976

September 1977

November 1977

November 1978

November 1979

November 1980

Kindergarten - November - 1981

1st Grade class picture

1st Grade

On my 7th birthday, I had a toothless grin

2nd Grade class picture

2nd Grade

3rd Grade class picture

3rd Grade

4th Grade - Fall 1985

We had family pictures taken in the fall of 1985...
This was taken at that time...

Here are Matt and Jill with me... part of the family...

5th Grade class picture

5th Grade

6th Grade class picture

6th Grade

Two copies of this picture had writing on them,
one had "'88 7th grade"...
the other had "1989" on the back...
7th grade was 1988-89...

Not sure... 7th Grade or 8th?? Nothing on this picture at all...
several years school pictures were taken in both the fall and spring...

"8th Grade - November 1989" written on the back...

I'm hoping this is the right order and the explanation is that the first two pictures are 7th grade, the first taken in the fall of the 1988-89 school year and the second one with braces taken in the spring... and the third picture is 8th grade, taken in November 1989 of the 1989-90 school year.

9th Grade - 1990

10th Grade

11th Grade

Junior/Senior Prom 1993
Mandi... just a friend

Three senior pictures... taken in August 1993

Senior Prom 1994
With Sarah... just a friend

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