Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"It Was Officially the First Day of School"

"It was officially the first day of school so Anna made muffins for breakfast . . . the entire family was gathered . . . Mrs. Ray tall and slim in a starched yellow morning dress, Julia and Betsy in new shirt waists and skirts, Margaret in a new striped gingham with a big striped bow atop her head ."
--Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy in Spite of Herself 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm very intrigued by the American terminology........in the British Isles a 'shirt waister' the nearest thing we have, is a type of dress very popular in the 1960s and gingham is always checked,striped gingham would be unknown. Fascinating!

Christina Gomez said...

I read the Betsy,Tacy and Tib books but not this one. Ill have to check it out!

Anonymous said...

This is the best way to start the school year, with a nod to our friends, the Rays! We also compliment each other on looking "puny" as we begin again.

Your blog brings me joy! ~Crystal

Amy Techentin said...

Oh! A Betsy-Tacy quote!!! It was my very favorite series growing up and I remember that tradition that they had of muffins on the first day of school. I have done the same thing with my children. :)
Thank you for a post that made me smile this afternoon :)

Marlaine said...

Maud Hart Lovelace: lovelovelove! :-) Love the old-fashioned picture her words paint!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the reminder again of these books.
Curious question...I know that you write every morning, so when you read a book, is this when you write down these wonderful little quotes and bits of information?

Anna said...

Melissa, they come to me at night when I sit down to write my post, and I think about what the day was about. Then I look through the appropriate book to find them so I can quote them accurately :)

Melissa said...

Thank you for your answer, Anna.

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