Dot's Thoughts

Tuesday, January 14, 2014



After Christmas a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school! (This was actually reported by a teacher – one of her children wrote the following:)

We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house, but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Batemans Bay where everyone lives in nice little houses, and so they don’t have to mow the grass anymore!

They ride around on their bicycles and scooters and wear name tags because they don’t know who they are anymore.

They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now. They do exercises there, but they don’t do them very well. There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and down in it with hats on.

At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts!

Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night --- early birds. Some of the people can’t get out past the man in the doll house. The ones that do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.

My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too.

When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.

Family Legacy - Continued


Still in Castro Valley, we had four children to feed, and Jerry was out of work again. We were active in Neighborhood Church all the time we lived here.

As I looked in the cabinet to find something to fix for dinner, I found a can of lima beans, a can of tomato sauce and something else which I don't remember. I made a casserole, which wasn't bad at all. That was it ----empty.

The next day, I was totally overwhelmed when Frieda Post and Billie Schmidt came to the door with bags and bags of groceries. Our Sunday School class had done this for us. Thank God for church family!


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