Published on November 22, 2011
LITTLE GIRLS PRETEND: LITTLE GIRLS PRETEND By: Linda J. Hutchinson PowerPoint Presentation: I am from the era of the 1930’s depression, cities had bread lines; we lived on a sharecroppers’ farm where we bartered and dug in the earth to survive . PowerPoint Presentation: Even then little girls loved to pretend, little boys did too. I was a little girl with a mind filled with make believe; love, faith, and family kept us strong and alive . PowerPoint Presentation: Pretending to be a ballerina I would twirl and twirl upon my tippy toes then leap high into the air, not far as I was small, after descending I would bow very low. PowerPoint Presentation: Being an ice skater was fun, I would glide on my silver skates, we had no ice, but my old boots slid me back and forth in a big mud puddle made by melted snow . PowerPoint Presentation: In a dust devil I would spin and spin getting dirt in my eyes, I also got cuts from flying debris as I pretended to be our old wind mill that wobbled and screeched a tune . PowerPoint Presentation: While flying a kite I would soar it high into the sky then let it go pretending it was a plane, I then closed my eyes and wished I could ride in it over rainbows and land on the moon . PowerPoint Presentation: I loved being a circus rider, I would prance around in a big circle riding a shiny white pretend pony; while bouncing I would jump through a rusty barrel hoop hoping not to fall. PowerPoint Presentation: A couple of times I did sneak into our barn and get on our old plow horse, I wanted to be a rodeo star. E ach time I tossed my rope into the air, she tossed me into her stall . PowerPoint Presentation: I loved being a trapeze artist, as I swung back and forth on old grapevines I did flips and turns; people below cheered, descending I would fall into the creek, my safety net. PowerPoint Presentation: Often I would climb upon our barn and jump off pretending I could fly, it was fun but a stupid thing to do, I knew that later and it is something I will always regret. PowerPoint Presentation: My grocery stores were made of cardboard boxes. I had no carts or shopping bags, my shelves held old tin cans, rocks, pinecones and jars as food items all in full view. PowerPoint Presentation: My cafe counter was made of boards set up between the outhouse and barn, my hamburgers were leaves with mud inside, soup, coffee and malts were muddy too. PowerPoint Presentation: I pretended to be a mother, a teacher and a nurse; all things I hoped to be. I was the mother, my dollies were the children, students and patients, and on them I could always rely. PowerPoint Presentation: I truly loved being a nurse, I bandaged my dollies' legs and arms even held them when they cried, giving them castor oil made me sick and sad, their pretend hurts made me cry. PowerPoint Presentation: Being a chemist I hoped to find a cure for the polio virus, it killed and crippled thousands, I too was a victim; I limped, but thankfully soon after a vaccine was found ending its strife. PowerPoint Presentation: I did not become a teacher or a nurse, but I did marry my soul mate, we were blessed with children, often I did nurse and mend them and tried to teach them love and of life. PowerPoint Presentation: Depression days ended, the world was depleted of money and so many other worldly goods; I was too young to know of its heartaches, but years later I learned of its devastation to all. PowerPoint Presentation: As a child I loved to pretend, it gave me happiness and fun, it did for others too, pretending puts you in a wonderful world of make believe, it made bad and unhappy things hard to recall. PowerPoint Presentation: By Linda J. Hutchinson May you always k eep pretending!