I love this next story. It gives me a feeling of contented happiness. Not Much of a Game It snowed. And it was the last day that the seven would have together before School would begin and Diana will be left alone in the big house with Grandma and the three Aunties. “What shall we … Continue reading Our Darlings Day 3: Not Much of a Game:: The Burglar :: My Own! My Own! :: Uncle Henry
A Stir – About “I have been quiet for a wonderful time,” said the Wind. “I’ve been lazy long enough.” “What are you going to do?” asked the Moon. “The World would be a funny sort of place without me!” He laughed, and his laugh was like a shrill whistle down the chimneys. “The same … Continue reading Our Darlings Day 2: A Stir-About :: Wanted–An Alarm Clock :: The Snow-man
I had such “Joyous Times” transcribing the stories in Joyous Times that I’m going to continue with another book. It is Our Darlings, that I found in a wonderful antique book store in York, England, while on my tour of England, Scotland, and Wales in 2010. I’m going to post the an image of each page, … Continue reading Antique Children's Books Part Two – Our Darlings Day 1 – Miss Interference
Warning: The following story has some outdated terminology and can be viewed as racist.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?
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
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
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
I love these little stories and poems. They weren’t watered down and censored like so many children’s stories today. I mean, what poem written for kids today tells us the Uncle will shoot the crows? What seems like animal cruelty today was just necessity of a farmer’s life. The Crow Crow, crow, though you wear … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 10 – The Crow and How a Dog Took in 'The Times'
I’m not really sure of the point of this story. To teach children that life can be cruel? Maybe it is to remind the parent to be attentive. Nonetheless, I post this oddity. The Story of Little Benjamin How He Began Life.–His Sad Fate. Once there was a little chicken; and he woke up one … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 6 – The Story of Little Benjamin and Watching by the Cradle