Inside the back cover of Joyous Times, there is a note written in pencil. It’s hard to explain how I felt when I first discovered it. My heart rate jumped, and I felt like I had just won the lottery! I felt a little woozy, and thought maybe I was dreaming. I think that the girl who … Continue reading Joyous Times: Day 20 A Note from the Past – Dear Somebody
Warning: The following story has some outdated terminology and can be viewed as racist. Please note that this is not my opinion or view whatsoever on a certain subject. I only reproduce this story here because I feel censorship in this form is wrong. It is posted here as merely a curiosity, a window into … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 19: A Fire in the Woods and Which is the Prettier Doll?
Because these two pages are in a different format, it is certain that the following nursery rhymes are not from our book Joyous Times. Nevertheless, I will reproduce them here. I don’t think I’ve heard the full version of the first one, and I definitely have never heard the second one. The third is one I … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 18 : Three Nursery Rhymes
There are so many stories I have read, but this is my current favorite. It’s so beautiful, and I think you will agree. This could be used again and again to give to a mother in a card on a five month birthday, if you change the child’s name. Don’t you think? Just Five Months’ … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 17: Just Five Months’ Old and Mother’s Watch
This is a nice story reminding us to be happy as the seasons change, for there is something special about every time of year. Recollections of Summer Ellen and Ruth sat on the sofa in the nice warm room where their father kept his books. A fire burnt in the grate; but, out of doors, … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 16 : Recollections of Summer and A Dialogue for George and Frank
Here’s a good New Year’s poem that can be made into a card! The Old Year and the New The north winds blow O’er drifts of snow: Out in the cold who goes from here? “Good-bye, Good-bye!” Loud voices cry. “Good-bye!” returns from the brave Old Year; But, looking back, what word leaves he? “Oh, … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 15: The Old Year and the New and A Little Girl’s Pets
Here is a story of a little girl and her cat that got Lost in the Grove Lucy Lee was a little girl not three years old. She lives with her mother, in a small white house not far from a grove of oak-trees. Lucy had a black kitten, whose name was Fun. This kitten … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 14 : Lost in the Grove and Love is the Best Force
Our next story is all about the amazing spider. I actually learned something about spiders that I didn’t know from this story! The Spider I will tell you what my little niece Mary found out about the spider. She learned it all from books, and told it to me as I now tell it to … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 13: The Spider and The Birds' Party
This story is special. It’s not only special because it is sweet, and about the innocence of good children, or that a tiny kindness can do so much. It’s not just special because it is seasonal, (it takes place during Christmas) although I LOVE old children’s stories about Christmas. It’s special because I didn’t have … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 12: The Great Secret and Who is the Thief?
Summer will soon be over. Sad, I know! Here is another poem pertaining to the field. It seems like a simple, quiet life, doesn’t it? Autumn Days Autumn Days are pleasant: When the men are reaping; When the air is still and mild, And the clouds seem sleeping. Then we happy children All run out … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 11: Autumn Days and How Tom Will Not Scratch Baby