Last weeks article on the Aunt Elise page just scratched the surface on the local contributions to the Aunt Elsie Page of the Oakland Tribune. Here are more writings from local school children:
Oh, April showers are very good.
This about them I must say.
That every drop of rain this month
Bring the flowers that bloom in May.
This I must say about rain,
It always gives me the willies,
But every drop of rain this month
Will bring us pretty lilies.
Max Ewer, 11, Decoto, June 4, 1933
Lucky For Me
The other day my mother sent to the store. She told me to cash a check. On the way to the store I lost the check. I went home and told my mother. The doorbell rang. A little boy was standing by the door. He asked if anyone had lost a check. I said I did. It was lucky for me.
Vivian Amaral, 9, Decoto, June 12, 1932
The Lost Lamb
Once a flock of sheep was taken from one pasture to another. One little lamb felt weak and was lost. I could not find its owner. I kept it as a pet. The lamb follows me wherever I go. It is my only pet.
Frank Hernandez, 13 years old, Decoto, September 11, 1932
The Snake’s Picnic
For my vacation I went to Richmond to my cousin’s house. While I was there we decided to go on a hike. So we invited lots of other girls to go on a hike with us. The next day about 7 o’clock in the morning we left. When we reached our stopping place we climbed hills and had lots of fun. When it was noontime we spread a nice clean cloth on the ground, set the lunch and began to eat. While we were eating we saw one of the biggest snakes anyone ever saw. We all screamed and ran away and left everything right there. We hid behind a tree and watched the snake. The snake was eating all our food. I think that was the snake’s picnic instead of ours. This is a true story.
Dorothy Duarte, 14, Decoto, August 12, 1934
A Big Scare
One day my mother sent me to the store in the night. It was very dark and the store was about five blocks.While coming back from the store I saw a large, dark shadow near me. I was so scared that I could not move. All of a sudden I heard a laugh. When looking behind me there was my uncle laughing as hard as he could because he had known that I was scared.
Joe Contreras, 10 years old, Decoto Calif.
My Sister Lilly
I have a little sister
Whom I call Lilly;
She has a cart and a goat
Which she calls Billy
Every time she rides in her cart
She thinks she is very smart…
My little sister Lilly
Alvina Santos, 11, Alvarado, June 12, 1932
A Happy Day
Last year, before Thanksgiving Day, the teachers of our school planned to let us give some food to the poor people for their Thanksgiving dinner. They told us we could bring anything we want. When the day came for us to bring the vegetables and any other things to school, we had about two, or maybe three boxes full. Some of us brought money to buy some meat for the poor people. I am hoping that we will have something like that again this year.
Mikeo Terezawa, 13, Alvarado, November 26, 1933