Kathleen’s Cuthand Christmas (from Kathleen’s memoirs of the depression)

Linda Bethea with a Christmas excerpt from her book Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad Amazon link https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Smells-Just-Like-Salad-ebook/dp/B01IVUXROQ


We don’t have the money.” I’d heard that so many times I knew not to ask for candy, bright rubber balls, or coloring books at Miss Lonie’s store. If Daddy had a few cents to spare, he’d fill three small brown paper bags with candy for us…..peppermint sticks, gumballs, bubble gum, lollipops. Kits and BB Bats were five for a penny. A few cents

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6 thoughts on “Kathleen’s Cuthand Christmas (from Kathleen’s memoirs of the depression)

  1. What a wonderful reminiscence of this harrowing time for ordinary people, the family bonds, the everyday warmth and kindness found in the depths shared adversity. Why is it that hard times always seem to bring out the best in us? Very touching thanks for sharing Sally and most of all thanks for writing Kathleen. A great Christmas post as it really makes you touch base with whats really important

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment Paul..The thing was that at that time.. most people lived like that and it was only the few who had the money. Now we just barrel off to the shops and buy ‘stuff’ – someone recently laughed about another jumper that her mother had made her for Christmas.. and then she said she knew that every stitch was made with love and that she would wear it often. Not quite the same when it is from M&S! Time to call it a day.. Enjoy Sunday.

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      • That’s lovely. I was going to say these days we forget the times when things were few but happy memories were many… But to be honest I think these days we remember them more and more. I remember the Christmas when I got a 10 foot long Dr Who scarf my mum knitted me- Tom Baker was Dr Who and had one. I loved that scarf – it was better than a tardis… well almost!

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