The following is a portion of the interview with my mom. I'm posting it here so that you can see how simple it is to do. And I'm posting it so that you can also see how very much you can learn about a person from listening to their memories.
1936 – Second Grade (Mulberry, Florida) Idelle and Fletcher McLaughlin lived next door, and Idelle was my second grade teacher. We were never supposed to go over to her house, but I was sure she’d want me over there all the time. I’d hear her playing the piano and I wanted to go over and play the piano too. Our porches had a big divider so you could scoot from ours to hers, but Mother wouldn’t let us do that. Mrs. McLaughlin gave Arminta and me a ride to school every day. My mother made extra money by fixing lunch for Idelle and she would come home for lunch with us. Mrs. McLaughlin made everything fun. One morning when there was frost on everything, she said “Oh Jack Frost came in the night. He’s the one who painted all this- see all the frost on everything? I dearly loved my teacher. My mother sewed beautifully and one time we needed coats that year. But we didn’t have the money for them. My teacher had bought this beautiful material for winter coats and she asked my mother to sew coats for her nieces. She worked and worked on them. Then on Christmas morning we opened our presents and there were the coats; they were for us all along. It was a magical time.
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