High Shoes and Bloomers

Remnants from the Attic in My Mind

by Alice Conner Selfridge

High Shoes and Bloomers
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High Shoes and Bloomers

Remnants from the Attic in My Mind

by Alice Conner Selfridge

Published Oct 04, 2012
183 Pages
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Family Relationships



 

Book Details

Were they the good old days?

A child of the 1930s, and the youngest of eleven children, Alice tells of growing up in a small rural community in Massachusetts. She relates the ups and downs of a large family in the hard times of the depression and the WWII years, when “going without” was an accepted and necessary way of life. Her vignettes are sure to provide the young reader with insight and awe, while provoking fond (and not so fond) memories for the older readers. The author tells, with humor, about being raised in the years when entertainment was “self-made” and captures the reader’s interest when relating stories about growing up in a home without a bathroom. She brings to them the childhood fantasies she experienced when making the scary trips to the “two-holer” and the “abominable cellar” where the food was stored. She tells of her fear, as she had to, reluctantly, reach her hand into “the cave” where the creepy shriveled, stringy-haired things grew. Visit the home where the father ruled with strictness and firm discipline, and the mother made things seem better with home-baked pies. Share the joy of semi-annually receiving a new pair of shoes or discovering a “musical mousetrap” in the back room off the kitchen. Learn of the warmth, love and squabbles that were shared with ten brothers and sisters, in spite of the hard times.

 

About the Author

Alice Conner Selfridge

Alice Conner Selfridge grew up in rural Massachusetts and now resides in the village of Montgomery, N.Y. A retired R.N., she refers to herself as a “late bloomer” not attending college and receiving her R.N. degree until her children were all in school, and not publishing this, her first book, until the age of 79. Alice is the mother of four sons, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She is a long-time writer of poetry and short stories, and enjoys gardening, quilting, and continues to work on a volunteer basis in the health care field.