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From: "D. O'" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] History Facts
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 21:16:42 +0000
It all started with BB & cotton.
Wouldn't a budding author would have a great time reading the archives of
>From: "Susan Schon" <>
>Subject: Re: [Q-R] History Facts
>Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 12:46:15 -0500
>I have my M'mre's button jar. I also have her old Singer sewing machine --
>the kind with the treadle. She taught me to sew on that machine and she
>saved material to make quilts. The quilts weren't fancy, but they were used
>for years during those cold Connecticut winters. My M'mre didn't speak
>English and I didn't speak French, but we managed to communicate. In fact,
>for years I thought the French word for milk was "mik" instead of "lait".
>brothers and I knew how to ask for "la pomme", "l'orange" and "candi" --
>that last was in my grandmother's English. When I was in my early teens,
>m'mre and I shared a bedroom. Her side was neat as a pin and mine was a
>disaster. The woman was a saint to put up with me!
>Now, how did this trip down memory lane get started...?
>----- Original Message -----
> > I still have three boxes of buttons my mother hoarded. I used to play
> > with them on long winter afternoons in the 1940s. When I look at them
> > of them remind me of clothes I wore when I was a child.
> > I also remember the rag men. My father would threaten to give me away to
> > if I didn't behave. They would drive their horse-drawn carts down the
> > collecting items that had been discarded. My mother rarely had cloth for
> > them, for she saved old clothes my sisters had outgrown and even
> > clothes for me to wear. I had a "new" coat every year, while some of my
> > continued to wear coats that were too short.
> > Ah, what good, loving, and thrifty people they were, a stunning contrast
> > today's consumer society.
> > Suzanne