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Week of August 13, 2001:
The Family Paper & Polite Present

The Family Paper

Recently my mother moved to a new home, and my sister, Carolyn, found a family paper that she typed in the early 1940's. It gives a perspective on siblings and corporal punishment that had me almost rolling on the floor with laughter. Here it is, as typed:

Sunday, June 13, There will be a children's day program.Janet will sing. Judy will say a piece. Carolyn will to. Carolyn does not know her piece very well. Mrs. Crook will play for Jane t. Judy has not touched her piece yet.It is over at grandmas. Every time she goes over there she forgets to bring it home. The name of her piece is"Sharing."

Janet, David, Carolyn, and Judy CrookThusday June 10, This morning when mother was asleep, I took care of David he blew in my ear then he took the combs of a comb and triedcto tickel mt face, then he found a strap and straped me. I couldn't even read. He got some raisens and ate some and the other raisens droped all over the floor.he toor paper all over the floor When mother woke up she picked up all the paper.

Monday, June 7, I was over at grandma's. Icame home when I got home I heard mother talking over the phone. She was talking to grandma she was sying that afternoon I would have to take care of David. I didnt want to so I started crying and saying "iwill not" so sh said that I could not go over there at all. I begged Mother that she let me go to grandmas so finely mother said that if I had a spankin I could g o over she was going to spank me with a strap and strap me on the legs but I had sprained my ankel and my leg was sor so she spanked me with a wooden spoon then she let me go over.

Judy and I have a Victory garden mine is always weeded but Judy's never is. Daddy is going to buy some of my vegtables so I can buy some Defense stamps

verse you are all to learn this veres The lord is my sheperd. Psa. 23:1
editor Carolyn Sue Crook


Polite Present: Manual of Good Manners, 1831

Excerpts from a charming, serious 2 1/2" x 4" book published in 1831 by Munroe & Francis.


Take not salt with a greasy knife. Never come to table, if you have a cold, without first clearing your throat and nose. Never raise phlegm into your mouth at table and swallow it. It looks very disgusting.

Stuff not your mouth so much as to fill your cheeks; be content with small mouthfuls. Blow not your meat, when too hot; but wait with patience till it be cool.

Sup not broth, but eat it with a spoon. Smell not of your meat, nor put it to your nose; turn not the other side of it upward to view it on your plate.


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