February 08, 2009

Story Traditions: A Little Wee Small Red Hen Grandma had an amazing memory. One of her favorite stories was "A Little Wee Small Red Hen." This story-poem came from a little storybook she often read to her daughter LaWana, who was born in 1920. Her children remember that when they were small, she would recite the "Red Hen" to them when she mixed and kneaded bread. Larry remembers climbing up on the counter to watch her roll out the loaves and to listen to the story. She had the whole story-poem memorized and each character had a different voice. Even now, in my mind, I can hear her do the voices of the Red Hen, the Fox, and Mrs. Fox - even though she died in 1984. And I'm amazed that I still have some parts of it in my head, even though I never purposefully memorized it. Grandma became famous for this story. She recited it at public gatherings, and made a life-size fox costume that she put on a stick and took with her to do her readings. This photo is of her in her later years with the fox. (My brother Greg is in the costume.) I really loved the "Red Hen" and when I was little she wrote up the whole story for me, including illustrations that she cut out from that little storybook. You can see the originals below - on the last page, you can see her personal note to me. This story as told by Grandma Perkins is part of our heritage. If you are one of her descendants, I'm sure you are familiar with it. What stories and poems are your family's favorites? Please leave a comment and tell me what stories are part of your heritage! Comments Imported from Blogger: 1 comments: Mike J said... The picture of Grandma and Greg in the costume didn't show for me...it's one of my favorites. this blog is awesome. ~Jenny
Hats . . . Beautiful Hats! Why in the world did we ever stop wearing hats? Aren't they beautiful? Plus, think of all the stress you'd save on a bad hair day...just put on a cute hat! Hats must have been all the rage in the early 20th century in Logan, Utah, and the surrounding communities. From the looks of things, every girl had more than one hat. I think they might have been the most important fashion accessory. Alice James, Lila James Heninger, Ethel Heninger Naomi and Henry Heninger Hazel and Josh Gunnell Naomi Heninger Hazel Heninger Naomi Heninger holding Maxine Gunnell, her granddaughter My great-grandmother, Sarah Ann Brown Gunnell was a milliner or hat maker. She wrote a short life story - this little excerpt tells how she got her start making hats: Sarah Ann Gunnell "At the age 16, I was sent to learn the millenary and dress making art to Sister Ellen Whiton. Thereafter I followed that line in a limited way sewing and making straw hats. My sister braiding the straw and various patterns. I had become quite adept at making the trimming for the hats out of the natural and died straw thus we manufactured all the family hats and sold many." These are her three oldest children - Rosella, Veda, and Charles - I'm sure she's the one that made their cute little hats! What about you - do you wish we still wore hats like they used to wear? What kind of hat would you choose? Do you have old family photos of women wearing hats? I hope you'll leave me a comment and let me know - just click on "comments" below this post and follow the instructions! This story is my contribution to the 10th edition of the Blog Carnival "Smile for the Camera." Comments Imported from Blogger: 3 comments: Jenny said... I love the hats. I like to wear baseball caps but how awesome would it be if we wore hats like those. They would be like shoes for me...get one you love and then you have to buy clothes to match it. My favorite is the one Hazel has on in the portrait. She sure was pretty! ~Jenny JoLyn said... I'm with you - a hat for every outfit...or an outfit for every hat! tipper said... Love all the hat photos. My Mom makes hats-crocheted-for my girls they wear them a lot-but aren't allowed to wear them to school which is a bummer.

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