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Fun on a Shoestring

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 11
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1979
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s66w9876
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323200
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s66w9876

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Title Fun on a Shoestring
Description FUN ON A SHOESTRING Marjorie Madsen Riley Salt Lake City, Utah Senior Citizen Division First Place Personal Recollection He had very little money to squander on expensive 3tors™bought coys and games when I was growing up. Nevertheless, kids my age i^anaged to survive, and we had lots of fun in the meantime. A housewife's "shoestring budget" provided for no baby sitters, and that may have been a hidden advantage. Older children looked stick horses or pulled'little red wagons. Big brothers showed little brothers how to fly kites made from scraps of wood, newspaper phones, using empty tin can3 connected by cords rubbed with resio, and how to rig up tomahawks to look like real Indian war weapons. Big sisters helped little sisters cut out paper dolls from mail order catalogs, shoved then how to blow soap bubbles with empty newspapers. When mothers tended their own little ones, they amused them by cutting out long strings of paper dolls and by folding handkerchiefs a certain way to form make-believe babies swinging in cradles. Youngsters made their own fun a good share of the time, like it was run to perform and to show off- Small girls, perched on foot kiss my sweet little lips." Small boys, standing on chairs, recited, "One for the money, two for the show, three to make ready, and four to go!"-then Jumped off the chairs. Children thought it was great sport bouncing a ball to the chant of, "One, two, buckle my shoe; What ingenuity my parents possessed, making playthings for us children from almost nothing and devising simple ways of entertaining us¦ On rainy days we pestered Mamma until she got the funny- paper book from where it was stored on top Of the kitchen cupboard. She saved Sunday comic sections for weeks and then sewed them together at the center folds, making a big, bulky book. He spent hours turning the pages to look at "Dimples " "Elmer Tuggle," "Buster Brown," "Happy Hooligan," "Mutt and Jeff," "Andy Gump," and "The Katzenjammer Kids." And we liked looking at the big tailor's sample book on rainy days, too. The samples had all been removed from valentines, cutouts, pretty calendars, picture postcards and school art work. Papa always saw to It that we had a rope swing fastened to a limb of a cedar tree In the front yard. Unfortunately, our feet wore the lawn underneath down to nothing. We had no hammock, swing, but we boasted a chair swing at our house, a high, upright, two-seater -25-
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Identifier 038_Fun on a Shoestring.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 11
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 323113
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s66w9876/323113