Saturday, August 04, 2007

Wednesday, August 4, 1926

Wednesday, August 4, 1926
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Tried to put up blackberries and wanted to make jelly too, but I didn’t get to that. Felt pretty bum and Mama came over for a little while right in the middle of the day to get me to cut out a dress for her. Felt heart sick to boot for in the morning, on coming downstairs after putting Marjorie to sleep I found Dick had cut the top off of my penny bank to get the money out. It had belonged to my brothers and then I had used it and all my babies had cut their teeth on it. I told Dick yesterday he could use it but to take care of it and he deliberately ruined it.

(I hope Grandma didn't mean her babies had "literally" cut their teeth on a penny bank. As Aunt Marjorie wrote that would not be all that clean. She also wondered if Dick wanted pennies for candy because he always had a sweet tooth.

Grandma had written in a diary entry sometime last year, on a day when the boys knocked over and broke a little bedside table lamp, that it was hard for her to keep anything nice for very long.)

2 comments:

  1. sister with the homestead8:50 AM, August 04, 2007

    OK. I'm having trouble picturing this....a penny bank, cut the top off, I don't get it. What did it look like? What does she mean ruined it? What does she mean by "cut their teeth on". Why did she say that she gave it to Dick "to use." Eleanor? Any insight?

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  2. I'm not sure, but I suspect the penny bank was actually made of wood, maybe some sort of character figure. And yes they probably did all cut their teeth on it by chewing on it. (maybe they didn't have germs back then or maybe that was why they were under the weather a lot) Also, when I was a child there was an old dented tin cup that sat by the kitchen sink. Whenever anyone wanted a drink of water they used the old tin cup, one person after the other. (It saved on drinking glasses, tho)

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