Mary Beekman

  • Mary's Valentine

    Mary’s Valentine

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Valentine’s Day is going to be soon.  The bigger girls who help in the kitchen are being very silly.  I heard them say that the very first person you see on that day is the one you are going to marry.  I am going to keep my eyes shut tight until I hear Father’s voice […]

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  • Mary's tooth?

    Mary Looses a Tooth

    BY:Mary Beekman

    I think we are going to have macaroni and cheese pudding for dinner today.  I like that very much.  One of my milk teeth was so loose yesterday that Father tied a thread around it. Then he pulled on it and my tooth came right out.  I found my tooth where it had skipped across […]

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  • Mary Learns of Debt

    Mary Learns of Debt

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mother and I went to Nell’s house for a visit.  Our mothers were talking and laughing.  I think they were planning the flowers they were going to add to their gardens this summer.  Nell showed me something in her pocket.  She had a beautiful blue glass marble in her pocket.  Her brother gave it to […]

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  • Mary's Wash Day

    Mary’s Wash Day

    BY:Mary Beekman

    The whole family went to church today so I know tomorrow is Monday.  Monday the wash is done and it takes most of the day.  We are fortunate because we have a cistern close to the house. Before the boys go to school they carry in lots of water.* Sometimes on Sunday night the clothes […]

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  • Poor Ben

    Mary Learns of Thrift

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Father was not very happy this morning.  He did not even say, “Mary, are you going to plow the field today?” He usually teases me first thing in the day.  But not this morning.  He even had a frown on his face for the entire breakfast.  I kept very quiet.  Mother had some of his […]

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  • Mary learns to sew

    Mary Helps Sew

    BY:Mary Beekman

    I have to do my lessons then practice my fancy stitches.  The older girls are making some clothes for some of the poor people nearby.  “They each made up different things according to their choice. Sometimes they made a complete dress for an infant, one selecting the cap for her share, another a little shirt, […]

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  • A New Year

    Mary’s New Years Treat

    BY:Mary Beekman

    It is the first day of the new year. I heard Father singing “Auld Lang Syne” last night.  He was very loud.  When I looked out the window in the upstairs hallway this morning, I saw some snow falling.  Not too much. I am glad because everyone wants to go ice skating at Uncle’s.  Now […]

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  • Mary's Christmas Day

    Mary’s Christmas Day

    BY:Mary Beekman

    It was such a happy day today.  I got to wear pretty clothes and we had lots of family around us. Mother had hard cider, and brandy and eggnog for the grownups.  I had apple cider.  The Christmas tree was so pretty last night when I went to bed. This morning it was filled with […]

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  • Mary Decorates for Christmas

    Mary Helps Decorate for Christmas

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Our house is decorated with evergreen boughs and berries.  It smells so nice.  We are going to have a little tree on the table in the parlour.  I am going to put some wool on the branches to look like snow.  When the gingerbread cookies are ready, we will put some of those on the […]

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  • Essentials for eggnog

    Mary Learns of Christmas Charity and Eggnog

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Father was telling me a story.  It is my favorite one.  I have heard it before but I always want to hear it again. He told me he was born on a ship coming to this country from Germany.  I wish I had been born on a ship instead of in a house.  I have […]

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