To celebrate National Library Week, I have giveaways every day this week, so if you work at a library please do enter. Today's giveaway is a Reading Lover's Journal.
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To enter the giveaway, click here.
Jayne B., of the North Wales Area Library, is the winner of Monday's giveaway, a pair of socks that look like Old Fashioned Library Cards.
In yesterday's column I asked readers to share a story with me...
I vividly recall being in Grade 2 in 1956 and being in love with my teacher, Miss Silvia Surette. She must have been in her twenties and I thought she was beautiful. Miss Surette wore a dark blue cashmere coat that closed with a belt, but had no buttons. When she played circle games with us the coat would be wide open. What an impression it left on me! To this day I still think it was the most elegant coat I have ever seen.
She was a wonderful teacher and faced every teaching challenge with a smile. Our classroom was in a rented storefront on St. Helen's street. I think it had formerly been a furniture store and the school commission rented it and subdivided it into two classrooms. We shared a common toilet. Each classroom had a huge front window and we could see traffic going by all day. There was a vacant field that formed the corner at Front street and St. Helen street which was used as the school yard for recess purposes. In hindsight we were practically in the street, which is where the ball would roll out to every so often.
This temporary class was so close to our house that when I went home for lunch, I could hear the kids playing from home. There was a well beaten path that was a short cut through that vacant lot on the side of the school. It is there that I once lost the nickel my mom had given me to buy a new copybook. I must add that although my mom willingly gave me the money she did ask, 'What again?' so the message was clear a nickel was a lot of money.
As I returned to school, somehow I realized that I no longer had the nickel and assumed that I had dropped it. I recall walking up and down that path looking and searching in desperation for that coin. I clearly recall anguishing over having to tell the teacher my copybook was finished and I didn't have a replacement as well as telling my mom I needed another nickel! Then, just before recess, I looked down and there in the waistband of my dress was the nickel, how could I have not seen it sooner? My dress was brown with white lines and red fox terriers, and tied in the back with a large bow. Strange, how this story that has stayed with me all my life. The emotions are as fresh as when it happened to me well over 50 years ago. I am tearing up as I write these words! OMG!!
Thank you for reading 'my story'...I just may decide to share it with my siblings.--Susan G.
If you've had a memorable moment at the library, when you were a kid or all grown up, I'd love to hear about it. Email your moments to: Suzanne@DearReader.com
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
AUTHORBUZZ: Rock Chick Reawakening (Fiction) by Kristen Ashley
I'm beside myself with glee that this prequel to my Rock Chick series has been unleashed! There was some time when I never thought I'd write it. When I couldn't be in that terrible place with Daisy. But I'm oh-so glad that she called to me, demanding her story be told so she could give it to me and now I can give it to you! I loved every moment spent with Daisy and Marcus. And I hope you do too!
Go to: http://authorbuzz.com/dearreader click on ROCK CHICK REAWAKENING to find out more about the book and the author, Kristen Ashley. Send her an email, she'd love to hear from you.