Country Ragamuffins: Reflections on a Midwestern Farm Childhood

By Maxine Bergerson Werner

In Country Ragamuffins, Maxine Bergerson Werner invitations readers on a trip again to the Nineteen Fifties as she recollects her upbringing because the oldest woman between 8 siblings in a Norwegian farming neighborhood in rural Minnesota.

To show and protect the reviews, values, and personality of a standard Midwestern farm relatives of the time ''before these thoughts develop dim and eventually disappear,'' the writer bargains this chronicle laced with humor and appreciation. Werner's mom and dad cultivated a life-style that mixed labor, studying, and time for early life enjoyable and play within the surrounding fields, pastures, and woodlands.

Connectedness was once the subject matter of their chuffed lifestyles. each family member participated within the functioning of the farm; siblings have been most sensible neighbors; and laughter and debate have been welcome on the dinner desk. The day-by-day workouts, the chores, the vacation festivities, and the births of siblings are recorded in scrapbook fashion.

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Our allowance gave us money to spend on sweet or presents, or to avoid wasting. A component went in our church envelope, we spent a component on ourselves, and the rest we put aside to buy Christmas and birthday offers. With a nickel, shall we purchase a bag of penny sweet or an ice cream cone. If we would have liked additional cash, we labored out a company care for a sibling, yet we by no means requested our mom and dad for cash. Impeccable Integrity Dad used to be a guy of impeccable integrity and honesty. He believed in telling the reality and doing the suitable factor and that was once his maximum expectation people teenagers. One evening whereas babysitting for a neighbor, I acquired a five-dollar invoice, while the going fee was once in simple terms twenty-five cents an hour. no longer satisfied that I had approved charity, Dad drove me to the neighbor’s apartment to come the invoice. I defined that i have to obtain a good sum. Norwegian values taught us that to invite for funds, to just accept greater than a decent rate, or to simply accept welfare exemplified charity. We have been anticipated to behave independently and never depend upon others to supply for us. Mail Orders The again of cereal packing containers provided engaging prizes that may be ordered with a number of field tops and a bit funds. lets buy a miniature telescope, a magnifying glass, a sundial watch, a digital camera, a primary reduction package, a baseball bat–shaped pencil, or a Lone Ranger deputy badge. Warren despatched for a plastic submarine that will dive underwater and resurface by itself. On its backside was once a tiny box for baking powder. over again he despatched in for an respectable Tony the Tiger autographed baseball. I used my funds to reserve a collection of 50 colourful poultry images marketed at the again of a cereal field. I hung them in my bed room, making plans to this point every one photo while I saw the chook on our farm. sooner or later, one of many sons and daughters scribbled on my prized images. As I complained to mother, Warren acknowledged, “It doesn’t topic, mother. it really is most unlikely to identify all these birds in Minnesota. Do you think that she is going to see a penguin or a roadrunner on our farm? ” to finish the problem, mother acknowledged Warren should still brain his personal enterprise, and that i may still continue photos out of a toddler’s succeed in. membership conferences We siblings held professional membership conferences for the only goal of mixing our funds to shop for Christmas presents for ma and pa. certainly one of us referred to as the assembly to reserve, one learn the secretary’s document, one learn the treasurer’s document, and another individual introduced the treats. We held those conferences on Wednesday evenings whilst ma and pa have been bowling and that i was once babysitting the young children. rate reductions Passbook on the First nation financial institution in Dalton, every one folks young children had a rate reductions account on which we earned curiosity. The blue reductions passbook recorded each one deposit and the curiosity earned. the most deposit was once after we offered our 4-H pigs on the county reasonable. that money was once to head towards our school educations. don't shop up for yourselves treasures on the earth, the place moths and vermin break, and the place thieves holiday in and thieve. yet shop up for yourselves treasures in heaven, the place moths and vermin don't smash, and the place thieves don't holiday in and thieve.

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