|Me, 1949 or 1950|
One story my mom recently related involved my Easter outfit. The tradition in the farming community was an Easter sunrise service and then later the full dress worship service. Full dress in the late 40's and early 50's was new hat, gloves, purse, dress, underclothing, socks & shoes. So at the breakfast table on this particular Easter morning Momma had me at the ripe age of 3 or so give thanks. I was still sleepy and according to Momma, gave a very short prayer. After the amen, Mom chided me that I had not thanked God for my new stuff. My retort, "God did not give it to me, Aunt Opal did."
Today I saw a post on Facebook where a young boy about 2 or so was dipping cookies in his milk. The training had been done by his Papa. I had to smile as I remembered the things my dad had taught to his four daughters and later our children. My Daddy even allowed his instructions to influence neighborhood children.
For some reason the thing to do in the part of Texas I lived in as a child was to give little children a nickle or dime. Of course the mom or dad would remind the child with the familiar phrase, "Now what do you say?" Thank you was the programmed response. Well, Daddy put a new twist on this with the youngest boys of the Littrell family.
It did not take very many days before Leta Mae, Gary and Allen's mom, shows up at Daddy's shop. She was not pleased. While at Trab's store up the road a ways, the boys had responded improperly to one of the men when given a couple of coins. The store was full of the local farmers stopping in for a coke (any carbonated beverage) when the boys said, "Gimme some more". She was mortified!!!! Who taught you that! The boys gave up Daddy pretty quickly.
|Suzie & Royce Littrell at Ranger game|
|Daddy giving etiquette lessons to my child|
Unsuspecting children would be told by Daddy that they were covered with garments. That could bring responses from children trying to find the garment to squealing for someone to get it off me! As a grandma myself now it is really fun to pull these simple teases on our grandsons. And I invite you to join the fun of children. Tell some child they have garments all over them. Or hand them a nickle or dime for no reason. Will you be tempted to teach a different response to, "Now what do you say?"