Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America

I have a long lesson to learn today.  It is in my spelling book and Mother wishes me to learn it by the end of this day. I hope I can learn it quickly because it is warmer today and I wish to go to the barn and see the new baby goats that were born early this morning.  They are called kids.  I find them to be such good company.  When they nibble on my fingers it tickles.  If I look closely into their eyes, I can see my face looking back.  I think they smile at me.  It has been very windy and cold but Father said that I may go to the barn if I wear my warmest cloak.  Josh and Brent have been out to see them already.  They came running to the house and up the stairs calling my name.  But I must memorize my lesson before Mother will allow me outside.  Brent is trying to be patient and Josh is wiggly.

Josh and Brent simply must help me to learn my lesson.  No one can see them or hear them .   I can, because they are my dearest friends.  I have to recite my lesson……….. saying it out loud helps me to remember.  I will recite my lesson to Josh and then Brent.  No one will know I am speaking to them.

Q.  What is mercy?
A.   It is tenderness of heart.
Q.  What are the advantages of this virtue?
A.  The exercise of it tends to happify every one about us.  Rulers of a merciful temper will make their good subjects happy; and will not torment the bad with needless severity.  Parents and masters will not abuse their children and servants with harsh treatment.  More love, more confidence, more happiness, will subsist among men, and of course society will be happier.
Q.   Should not beasts as well as men be treated with mercy?
A.   They ought indeed.  It is wrong to give needless pain even to a beast.  Cruelty to the brutes shews a man has a hard heart; and if a man is unfeeling to a beast, he will not have much feeling for men.  If a man treats his beast with cruelty, beware of trusting yourself in his power.  He will probably make a severe master and a cruel husband. *

I do not think I would ever have a cruel husband.  I think it impossible that a man could be cruel to his animals.  Father takes very good care of the animals on this farm.  They have the very best food and care.  Josh and Brent shook their heads when I recited the end of my lesson speaking of “needless pain even to a beast.”  They are kind to every living thing.


*The American Spelling Book by Noah Webster

by Mary Beekman

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Dorothy

The baby goats are adorable. Bet you guys are so proud of the new litter, or whatever you call a batch of new babies, or kids?

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Susan Elwood

I take in abused and unwanted farm animals. It is so hard to see poor innocent animals suffer when they do not understand what they did wrong. Bless Beekman Farm for helping to teach others by example!

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sue tolbert

Susan Elwood, I too take care of the animals taken in at the Genesee County Humane Society. We have a crulty investigator who brings in many who have been abused, physically and mentally. We do everything in our power to help these beautiful babies understand love and safety. I know I was put on this earth to do what I love doing. Thank you for all you are doing. sue t.

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Susan Elwood

I wish all children had this lesson in school now days: on treating all creatures with kindness. Oh wouldn’t this world be more like heaven?!

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sue t.

Lynda, Mary told me that their are lots of people in the barn being very busy taking pictures of the goats. They have something called a movie camera but it doesn't look like the camera Father uses. She will remind Josh and Brent that when all is quiet again to turn on that special lite so others can see the goats, too. Just keep checking Lynda because Mary has a special way with Josh and Brent. sue t.

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lynda wilkie hemond

Mary can see the "kids" but I can,t….where is the goat cam????

I can't stand it ..I keep checking in BUT no goats ..Why ??

Please put it back… we want to see babies !!!!

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sue t.

Mary, I think your Mothers advice is what Josh and Brent use each day. They bicker back and forth but at the end of the day there is a calmness between them. sue t.

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Mary

Sue, I would like to make a handprint. Sometimes I draw my

hand print, moving around each finger on paper. Mother told

me that even if I don't feel like being good, I should pretend to be

good and at the end of the day I would be good! I am going to

the barn now. Mary

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sue t.

Good afternoon my friend, Mary, it is with saddness in my heart to tell you there are many people in our society who don't have goodness in their hearts. Being a teacher, I am faced with children who bulley children because they don't wear the "right" cloths, speak differently, look different and act different. At the beginning of each school year I have the students paint their hands and then make a print. As we look at each print we see everyone has a different print but we all have a print. Being different is what makes us all special! We can gain so much knowledge from each other if we just give everyone a chance. Although it can be a slow process, it will work. You don't have to worry about your heart because you have been raised by family and friends who have beauty and goodness. You will continue sharing your goodness. I wrote Brent and Josh the other day and told them they will never really know what a positive change the Beekman and all who live there are making on soooo many lives. Mary, go to the barn now and hug the kids. (as for your lesson you'll get a perfect grade.) Love, Your Friend, Sue t.

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sue t.

Good afternoon My dear friend, It is with saddness in my heart to tell you there are many people who were not raised with goodness in their hearts. As a teacher I have seen bulleying toward students who may not dress like todays fashions, they may look different, speak different or act different. I begin each year with the class painting their hands and making a print. We can see that everyone has a different print, however, we all have a print. The neat part of being different is what makes us all special! We can gain so much knowledge from each other and I hope change some people into having a kinder heart. It's a slow process but we can make a change. You, my sweet friend has been taught by family and friends who have good hearts and you will continue through life sharing your love and making a difference. The other day I wrote to Brent and Josh to tell them they will never know what a positive change they are making in so many lives. Ok, Mary get out to the barn and hug the kids. Talk soon. Your friend, sue t.

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teri tighe

Mary,

I hope you never see the cruelty humans can give to each other and animals. Always be kind to every living thing, like Brent and Josh do. They and your family are wonderful examples of Mercy and Compassion.

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