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Monday, November 20, 2006


Myrtle's Dollhouse Story

Myrtle writes:
When I was a little girl, in first grade, I went to Delmar Harvard School.
This was the same school that Mae, Arnie and Elaine went to. We lived in an apartment, east of the school, while the Feldman's lived in a neighborhood of homes, west of the school. My first grade teacher's name was Miss Scott. She had a table in the room that had a Colonial Doll House that resembled the Colonial House that was on Delmar Blvd., near the Feldman's home. It is no longer there. The table also had a farm with animals. In my eyes, the doll house was beautiful. If you were good and did all of your school work, Miss Scott would invite you (if you were a girl) to stay in at recess and clean the doll house. If you were a boy, you might be invited to clean the farm. I got to clean the doll house once.

One of the other chores, if you were good, was to clean the Gold Fish bowl. You got to go to the Principal's office and use the janitors sink. I got to do this once, too. I went into the closet in the Principal's office where the sink was. I was filling the bowl with water, and got too much water in it, and the fish fell into the sink and went down the drain. I cried, and the Principal told me it was okay. I learned to read in Miss Scott's room. We used the Dick and Jane books. My friend Reed, who lives here in Fort Worth, is a children's book collector. She owned the entire series of Dick and Jane books, and recently auctioned them off and they sold for lots of money.

My son-in-law Mark, who is a doctor, built doll houses for his and Debbie's boys and Brenda's girls. I think the boys played with the doll house more than the girls ever did. The boys also had a play kitchen with all of the cooking utensils and play dough kitchen food. All three boys who are all grown up, are good cooks, and are wonderful with children.

I read Myrtle's post last summer when I first discovered your blog. I was fascinated because I had Miss Scott too for first grade at Delmar Harvard. She was a kind gray haired elderly lady who gave me good grades. But most of all, she taught me to read. I loved those Dick and Jane books. And then I could finally read some old books my mother had which until then I could only look at the illustrations. They were books from her childhood.

Your cousin
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