From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Daffodils

Daffy Down Dilly


These pretty girls won't wait much longer.

Daffy Down Dilly
Has come up to town
In a yellow petticoat
And a green gown.

Remember that one? When the kids were little, I read nursery rhyme books just about every day. This rhyme has been deposited in my permanent memory banks!

I remember being in the little kitchen in one of our apartments in Germany. I was washing dishes and Keely wanted me to read to her. She sat down on the floor with her nursery rhyme books, and I just recited them to her from memory as she turned the pages.

The kids had quite a library of storybooks, but the nursery rhyme books were always some of my favorites.

Royal Doulton, a British china firm, made a collectible figurine called "Daffy Down Dilly". She has been discontinued -- her years were 1935 to 1970. In good condition, she is now worth several hundred dollars or more.

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CONTENTMENT: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are the tried links in the golden chain of contentment.
(Author unknown)

IT IS STILL BEST to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957)

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