1940 Studebaker. This is what Daddy's Studebaker looked like when he and Mama went on their honeymoon.
Charm Bracelets. I like charm bracelets if they're not too noisy. I have a lawn mower that clanks and makes lots of noise, so I don't need a bracelet that does that. With that lawn mower, the whole neighborhood knows I'm passing by. It's embarrassing.
I have a charm bracelet with a little pair of saddle oxfords on it and a couple jitterbugging and a red barn and a pink flamingo and a little sports car and a Route 66 sign. My Aunt Margaret gave it to me. She picked out the charms herself. She said some day she'll explain them to me. They tell my fortune, she said. I figure my fortune must be good because it's a pretty bracelet.
My friend Minnie Faye has a Cinderella charm bracelet that her grandma gave her. And my friend Lateesha has a seahorse and starfish charm bracelet that she got when she went to Florida with her family.
Dimple Sue Dunne has a charm bracelet with 12 big puffy heavy hearts on it, and it's the noisiest bracelet at Bustlebout Grammar School. Everybody always hears her coming, and that's exactly what she wants. Miz Levy had to ask her to take it off when we were dancing during music class cause it drowned out the music.
Housecoats and Bathrobes. I went with my mama to the J. P. Nickel Store on Silver Leaf Street, and we picked out a pattern so she could make me a new housecoat. Mama always buys patterns at the J. P. Nickel Store. She has boxes of them.
We bought some pretty rose colored fabric with little angels on it. It was fifty cents a yard. The pattern took only two yards. We used old buttons, and we already had thread. So, my new housecoat cost only one dollar plus four cents sales tax.
Some people say "bathrobe" instead of "housecoat." When I was in first grade, I didn't know that, so I didn't get to be in the Christmas pageant at school. I didn't get to be an angel or the Virgin Mary or even a donkey. Then only shepherds were left. My teacher, Miz Ginn, said anybody who had a bathrobe could be a shepherd. I didn't know what a bathrobe was, and I said I didn't have one.
So, Miz Ginn told me I couldn't be in the Christmas play. When the other kids went to practice every day, I had to stay in the classroom and do extra reading. Then when the day of the pageant came, I was the only first grader sitting in the audience. That was awfully embarrassing. Everybody else was in the play, and most of them were shepherds wearing bathrobes that looked like the housecoat I had then.
All of us had chenille housecoats - or bathrobes - like my old pink one, but all the others were darker colors like green and blue and brown. I guess I wouldn't have looked so good as a pink shepherd anyway.
I'm not that dumb anymore. I came out of first grade knowing more words than any other kid in my class because of all that extra reading I had to do.
Sewing Machines. These are sewing machines like my mama's. She uses hers nearly every day.
Hats. I love to wear hats and caps. These are some of my favorites. They look like they have the heebie-jeebies, moving around like that. Animation is what I want to do.