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By Susie Powers Tompkins

Cotton-Patch Schoolhouse is a memoir of the author’s yr as a tender and green instructor in rural Marengo County, numerous miles from Linden, Alabama, in 1926. trying to generate profits to proceed collage after her freshman 12 months at Alabama collage in Montevallo, the writer welcomed the chance to coach 8 young ones at 5 various grade degrees in a one-room schoolhouse in the course of a cotton box. younger enthusiasm, local wit, and a feeling of event helped her rework the straightforward schoolhouse right into a position of studying and excitement. 

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We were always hungry after school. Those were long, lazy days, and I felt as if I were living in a dream. When Christmas came, I almost hated to go home for the holidays. "I'll bet you've got a boyfriend there waiting," teased David. "There is a boy I grew up with, James, but he's working in Florida. Anyway, we're just friends," I responded. Sometimes Aunt Frances made me sit down for a serious talk. One evening the subject was dating. "I'm afraid you and David are seeing each other too much," she said.

Dimmie, the Milford just younger than Minnie, held up her hand. "Dimmie," I said, "holding up your hand when you wish to speak is a nice thing to do. Then we don't all talk at once. " "I think some pictures would look purty on the walls. " Minnie hung her head modestly. "Why, Minnie, how nice that would be. " I asked. " "Well, I think I have some and some paper too. " Dimmie's face lit up at this compliment. She was a thin, sallow-looking little girl, but when she smiled, she was almost pretty.

But I was right. I couldn't walk. Next day, with my father carrying me, we boarded the train for Selma, the nearest medical center. After much consultation, the doctors said to my parents, "There have been some outbreaks around the country of a new childhood disease Page 5 called infantile paralysis. '' They prescribed bed rest and nourishing food. "In time, we think she may walk. " After several months, and much effort, I finally managed to limp a few yards without help. Then followed a series of trips to Selma for brace fitting to keep my ankle straight because paralysis of one of the leaders had made it begin to turn.

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