Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dear friends

If the story of Ruth is confusing, I understand because you have to scroll down to page #1, so we are going backwards...I don't know how to change it????? I hope this is not boring you. Hugs, Mary

Being Ruth

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A charm that I made for me....

I think this saying is very useful at this time. It has gotten a lot of attention from strangers. I know these are hard times for so many and as a child I remember coming home from school and taking my shoes off because no matter what, it was my shoes for the school year. Does anyone remember brown and white Oxfords....I hated them. It was common to have steele taps put on your shoes to help them to last. Also off to the shoes repair man for a new sole, the shoe would be smiling at me. I had church shoes, just for church. They were Mary Jane's and no telling how long I wore them...I can remember when I first got this pair they gave me blisters because they were to big and then later curling my toes and wishing church would hurry and get over so I could take them off. Are these bad memories, was just how it is a and we have forgotten how to be a little uncomfortable to put food on the table. When I tell my kids stories about my childhood it is a mistery to them, they have no idea what this life was all about. Thats okay, but now I wonder if they have the tools to step back and make do.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ruth is born

St. Louis was growing into a real city when Ruth came into the world. The Victorians loved their large homes and shopped in England and Paris. Ruth's parents were very busy...they had been working on the Cafe' for about 5 years when little Ruth was born. They were excited about their new baby girl. She was perfect. Rachael loved to spoil Ruth Anne, and spent as much time as she could with her.Nurse Nancy was with Ruth most of the time while Rachael was the hostess of the Cafe'. Rachael was the greeter and made sure that they were served well. The Cafe' was beautiful. And always busy. Ruth's clothes were made just for her, and Rachael loved to show her off. As little Ruth started walking and talking it was clear that she was not a easy toddler. She was very active, she became very hard to control. It became a daily conversation...What to do about Ruth Anne? Page#5


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Father and Mother did not know each other until after they had finished their schooling. They lived in the same town, but because Father went away to school in New York they had never met. But fate took a hand, they met at a party in the club house in Lafayette Square. They had a year engagement before getting married. Mother was considered middle class and Father Old money, and a man of wealth.

Most girls were educated at home, but Grandpa Townsand had 4 girls and he wanted them to have a education in school. Rachael was shy so it was decided that going to 18th St. School would be good for her and Jane. One by one the girls started school, and at home they were taught the art of being a lady. They would one day run their own homes and there were rules and fashion. Knowing how to help their husbands and become great ladies.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009