Tetherball and Four Square tournaments were a regular part of recess in grade school. There were also a couple of games played on the ball field like "Steal the Bacon" or "Capture the Flag" that involved a lot of running. Our elementary teachers were masters at keeping us occupied. I remember winning and losing at all of these games about equally. It didn't take superior athletes to succeed.
Books were also a big part of my childhood. My teacher (Grades 1-4) read all of the Little House books to our class. The last book of my 4th grade year was These Happy Golden Years. I still love those books. When I first started reading, I also remember reading a lot of Cowboy Sam books.
Those were the books I read at school. At home, I read Pollyanna, Little Women, and other books from Mom's childhood. From the hometown library, I read every little orange biography I could get my hands on. Other girls were reading mysteries--all the Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden books. I read a few of those, too; however, I preferred reading about Louisa May Alcott, Jane Addams, Martha Washington, Nancy Todd Lincoln, Virginia Dare, and Lotta Crabtree.
I like fiction. I just like it better when it is based on real people and events.
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