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Costumes

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Mar 9, 2020

I remember when I was a little girl, my mother used to dress me up in costumes. I don’t remember what, but I remember she used to make them. I remember one time, someone from royalty—I don’t’ remember if it was a prince or a princess—came to visit the city. I was in the street watching. I remember my mother made costumes for me and my sister. Blue and white. I don’t remember exactly what it looked like, but I remember we looked like Norwegians.

Mar 9, 2020

I remember when I was a little girl, my mother used to dress me up in costumes. I don’t remember what,...

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Things I Used to Watch

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Mar 9, 2020

My favorite movie was gone with the wind. I think I saw the movie 9 times. I have everything memorized. It was a long time ago when I was a kid, so I don’t have it still memorized. I liked the actors– I liked Scarlett O’Hara and I liked Clark Gable. I saw Oklahoma too. My aunt was very musical and liked to go to musical shows. We saw them in theater. I saw many movies in theatres with my relatives.  

When I was young, my sister and I would watch this show called Baby Snorts. It was a story about a little girl. They would say, “WHY DADDY,” and we would drive my parents crazy saying that: “WHY DADDY?”

Mar 9, 2020

My favorite movie was gone with the wind. I think I saw the movie 9 times. I have everything memorized. It...

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Music Memories

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Feb 24, 2020

In the twelfth grade I took a course in music appreciation. I had one test that was 125 points and there were only four questions.  I memorized everything about the music then I didn’t have to go up once to listen the record in front of the class. Needless to say, I got 125/125 on the test.

I also played the violin. After school, we had certain members in an orchestra. We used to play outside in a little mill by the river. I’ve never forgotten how we used to play after we finished school. My mother wanted someone in the family to play gypsy music to her. I had little musical talent. I played in the orchestra in high school.

Feb 24, 2020

Favorite Teacher

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Feb 2, 2020

I never had a favorite teacher, but I did like my math teacher. I liked her. She was a nice woman. She was a smart lady and she made me understand what she was teaching. I was very good at algebra and math when I was younger. I loved English too. I can’t remember my english teacher that much. I wouldn’t say I was a great student. I would forget things easily. I went to school because I had to. I wasn’t crazy about school. I didn’t like history because i couldn’t remember dates. But I never misbehaved in school.

I had two dogs when I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. I guess we overfed them and they died. We were young and we didn’t know how to take care of them. I had an older sister and we got along. But you know, we fought like all children. We never hurt each other. We were taught never to hit. I was taught to be a good person. 

Feb 2, 2020

I never had a favorite teacher, but I did like my math teacher. I liked her. She was a nice woman. She was...

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Talent

Life Story Club Contributor

Dec 2, 2019

All right. I was good at reading. I was good at reading. My mother, when I was already grown, she told me I taught myself how to read when I was three years old. That’s right. She used to read to me. I taught myself how to read. Yeah, evidently I looked at the books and I’d figure out what the letters were. I was a big reader. I like fiction. I like historical novels. I didn’t start reading mystery stories until I was older. My favorite historical period is probably when they wore hoop skirts and things like that. I would take books out of the library, and I found out later that the people who came in would ask, “What kind of books did Ruth Muller read?” And they took out the same books I read! I don’t know who told me this, but I know maybe the librarian or somebody told me. I like good writers.

I never was a writer. I was very shy and I didn’t like to put my thoughts down on paper. And I didn’t like to express myself either. I never thought I had anything interesting to say.

Oh yeah. I like to embroider, that was another thing. Needlepoint. My mother did beautiful things. She was very good with her hands. And so, she taught me how to do cross stitch and things like that. I had forgotten about it until now. Yeah. I remember the little picture I made. I was very good. I don’t know what happened to all those things.

I was also good at spelling. I remember the teacher would ask me how to spell something. I would picture it in my mind, and then I would spell it out for her. Also, I would like typing. I would like setting up things. I took a course. When I was secretary, of course, I took a course on how to set up letters. So I would center them. And people that looked at my finished work never knew how to do with what I did. Never knew how to center the letters. I worked for engineering, for lawyers. And they were never very good at spelling, and I always had to correct for them.

Young Trouble

Life Story Club Contributor

Dec 2, 2019

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I didn’t get in trouble with anything. I was a good kid.

I was never spanked. My father never spanked us. That wasn’t his way of doing things. I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. I was six when I moved there from New York where I was born.

I didn’t play as a kid. I read. I was a reader. My father got upset because I was reading the same book more than once. So, I think he did something with the book. He took it away from me. I’d get the books from the library.

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