Category Archives: children

The Mystery of Books

My mother hated cleaning, so from a very early age our agreement was that if I took responsibility of housekeeper, she would read to me.  For about ten years, our arrangement exposed me to many classics. The size of our … Continue reading

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Great Grandmother’s Blanket?

I found my great-grandmother’s baby photo in the bottom of a trunk.   Her name was Laura Bedell by marriage.  I really would never have known it was her save the hand written note attached to it.  I recognized my grandfather’s … Continue reading

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Chapter 1: Grandfather’s Journal

(I found one of my grandfather’s journals while I was looking in a bin of family artifacts. It was written in a service book. It seems fitting somehow as the anniversary of the First World War approaches.  This, combined now … Continue reading

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Canadian Children’s Primer from 1920

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Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes: Stuff that Nightmares are Made of?

Our ancestors had a strange sense of humour when it came to songs they created for their young.  I grew up singing and hearing: “Rockabye Baby,” ”Ring Around the Rosy,” and reciting “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary,” innocent to the possible … Continue reading

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