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, August 11, 2011

Rules for Healthy Living

Handwritten list of health rules


The following list was written in pencil by a child, inside the cover of a 1925 health book that I bought this week:

Brush your teeth twice a day.
Clean your nails twice a day.
Drink milk twice a day.
Drink 6 glasses of water a day.
Brush and comb your hair twice a day.
Take a bath twice a week.
Don't drink tea or coffee.
Do not eat candy more than once a week.

One can only guess the story behind the list of rules. I think a teacher may have written them on the chalkboard and told the students to copy them. For some reason, this boy copied the list inside his book.

I'm referring to the writer as a boy because he wrote the name "Loyd Wallace" throughout the book. Nearly every page in this book has pencil marks of some sort.

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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)

Thanks for reading.