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Tonette was the kid version of Toni.  I remember something very similar to the Tonette instrument you mentioned.  We got them in 5th grade.  They were white and red, a few inches longer, and yes, plastic.  Most of us hated them.

I remember hat pins.  Grandma Allgulander always wore her hat, not only when she and Grandpa went to visit friends, but also to go shopping.  She'd stab the hat pin through the hat and her hair, which she always braided and hair-pinned into a bun on the top of her head.

 



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First watching Grandpa A. play Solitaire, then his showing me how, then his teaching me how to play Rummy.  He and I kept score for weeks on end.

 



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Speaking of card games for of my four sisters and brothers including me learned to play "Dog in the Boneyard" and later "Old Maid" both on a regular deck. Up on the farm when I was eight Mum and Dad taught us four older kids to play Ucher(sp). Great  game but at first I kept falling out of suit when called so I had to forfeit the game and sit out. But buy the end of summer I was getting pretty good.

I also remember duck and cover movie in the Gym at school when it was 1961 and continued until the first of 1963. I was frightened to death being all of six and always cried. And of course we had to call out each step we would take during the excersize. I also recall the loudest alarms hooked up through our town going off indicating  we had to duck and cover in the basement, dirt floor and all. Each of us older kids were responsible  to get one of the younger kids down the stairs safely. Thank goodness they never went of after 8p.m.

I also remember the little decals of cherubs from  a soap bar called Jergens. Each time one was opened Mum let us take turns attaching each one on the Medicine cabinet. There was only one cherub per bar but it was still so pretty to us kids as they gathers around the mirror. And how about when we make our own Valentine holder and sending out Valentines to all of my friends, usually those I wanted to be friend because our family was not very popular and my sibs and I were reminded of this at every turn. Kids can be so nasty but parents, especially the mothers were very hurtful.

One example was they would tell their children not to go near us or speak to us. It was lonely but we had one another. Never an invitation to any Birthday parties let alone speaking to you at school unless they could beat us up in the school yard at recess and usually the teacher would hold the bell looked the other way until blood was showing or my hair was being pulled and my head hitting the pavement. I usually had scraped knees opened up from the scabs from the day before. Sometimes I would run as fast as I could home ad safe from her punching and kicking. Oh  yes I got knocked out a couple of times. I tried to tell my Mum I fell asleep on the ground. Hey I did not know the phrase called passing out. Anyway she said I was lying and making up stories for being late getting home from school. 

What a rotten bunch  of adults in my town. They truly should have been fined big time for the hurtful ness they gave to us in words. And poor Gary my older brother came home at least with one black eye and his cloths torn at least on a weekly basis. I learned to repair my dresses by hand sewing the rips up.

And until my BIL sister died last year she remained to hate me all through my adult years too. Yes the same girl who would beat me up if she could get me down back in Grammer school.  Never once spoke at  Gary and Shellie's  Wedding. Not even condolences 55 years later at my Fathers funeral or a hello for that matter and she chose to sit across the table from me. I felt sad for her too and shook my head. What a waste.

I felt sorry for Shellie but she made it work with Gary's family such as it was there was just Linda and Gary. Their parents had passed from cancer within 6 months of one another. Shellie stood her ground over their marriage as best she could but to keep the piece she let Linda win more than not. I know it all sounds crazy on their part but there was nothing to  be done. Both Gary and Linda thought they were very special and were told so I am sure through out their life time.

Oh lets not forget the transistor radios. Terrific!!

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Gah, Uni, I know you and your sibs didn't have the happiest of childhoods, didn't know even your schoolmates were so nasty.  And the faculty's attitude was inexcusable.  Hope they all got what they deserved eventually.

I spent nearly all of first grade with one or the other knee, sometimes both, badly scraped during recess because my feet were always coming out of the way-too-large shoes thrifty Grandma bought me.  That stopped once Mama was able to move up from Trenton the summer before second grade.

I remember those books of Valentines and their envelopes that we'd cut out and haul to school the day before to drop in the red crepe paper-covered carton our teacher had created to serve as a "mailbox".  We were expected to bring a Valentine for each and every classmate, no matter what we thought of them.  One for the teacher, too.

That was all right with me, since I liked all my early-years' teachers and can even remember their names--

1st grade, the remarkable Mrs. Raye; 2nd grade, Miss Cavanaugh (who was so old my mother had her for 2nd grade 32 years before); 3rd grade, the wonderful somewhat Southun Mrs. Hall; and 4th grade, the quite young Mrs. Decker.

After that, we few kids who lived on or near Greystone Park's hospital grounds were transferred from Morris Township schools to Parsippany Township's.  We probably had the Valentine business in Mr. DiGiovanni's 5th grade, but definitely not in the quite unpleasant Bill Rafter's 6th. 



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Playing Monopoly and Stratego with my brother and sister. Does anyone play board games anymore?

I can't find anyone who plays chess.

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I think my family started us off with Tiddlywinks and Snakes and Ladders and we progressed from there.  They don't use snakes anymore - too terrifying for kids ?????!!!!!

 



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I remember playing checkers and Chinese checkers when I was a kid, but that was it for board games.

Eddie tried teaching me chess when we first started dating, but I didn't get it at all.  Besides, there were other things I'd rather be doing with him. biggrin

It was our daughter, when she was in middle school, who taught me how to play chess, Parcheesi, and backgammon.  Taught her brother, too.  We had a Monopoly set, Clue, Operation, Electronic Battleship, and probably a couple others.  Lots of pleasant evenings playing board games or cards, until Pac-Man arrived.



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KittyBiggerstaff wrote:

Eddie tried teaching me chess when we first started dating, but I didn't get it at all. 

Besides, there were other things I'd rather be doing with him. biggrin

 


 
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To my credit, it didn't take long for him to catch on. 

I'm old enough to remember crinolines, a must for girls when I was in 6th grade--not every day, but at least once a week, usually to keep our circular felt poodle skirts poufed out.  It was a challenge getting them crammed under our school desks.

My grandmother no doubt thought the whole idea was nuts, but she didn't mind laundering them, dipping them in diluted liquid starch, and pinning them to the clotheslines in the back yard.  Once they were dry, I hung them on some hooks where my bedroom inner wall met the ceiling.  They'd never have fit in the freestanding metal wardrobe.  (No closets in that house, as I've mentioned more than once.)

 





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