High Shoes and Bloomers: Remnants from the Attic in My Mind

High Shoes and Bloomers: Remnants from the Attic in My Mind

by Alice Conner Selfridge


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"We didn't know we were poor," says Alice, a child of the 1930s, and the youngest of eleven children, as she tells of growing up in the small rural community of Townsend Harbor, in Massachusetts. She relates the ups and downs of a large family in the hard times of the Depression and WWII years, when "going without" was an accepted and necessary way of life. Her vignettes are sure to provide the young readers with insight, disbelief 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 or, in her early years, running water. She brings to them the childhood fantasies she experienced when making the scary trips to the "two-holer" at the end of the long, poorly lit shed, 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 caring, strictness and firm discipline, and the mother made things seem better with hugs and 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.

High shoes and Bloomers is truly a book for all ages to enjoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478720713
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

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.

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