By Susie Powers Tompkins
Cotton-Patch Schoolhouse is a memoir of the author’s yr as a tender and green instructor in rural Marengo County, a number of miles from Linden, Alabama, in 1926. trying to make cash to proceed collage after her freshman 12 months at Alabama university in Montevallo, the writer welcomed the chance to coach 8 kids at 5 assorted grade degrees in a one-room schoolhouse in the course of a cotton box. younger enthusiasm, local wit, and a feeling of event helped her rework the easy schoolhouse right into a position of studying and excitement.
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Page 17 I hung my head. I knew she was right. " David and I did not usually have many problems in our relationship, but in the spring, we had one that had serious consequences. A boy I had dated and liked asked if I would accompany him to a school party. I could not honestly tell him I had a date because David had not asked me although I felt sure he would. Finally, I told the boy I would let him know. I sat by the window and watched for David. Why didn't he come or send a note and ask me for that date?
I saw Toby's bare foot slide across the floor to the puddle. Then he dipped his big toe in and drew pictures. I raised my head enough to see whether Reverend Milford had observed what Toby was doing. His eyes were shut tight so I bowed my head again and breathed a sigh of relief. After what seemed an aeon, the prayer came to an end. Reverend Milford then went to my desk and looked at the books. " Page 34 "It will be here tomorrow. As I said, today is not a regular day. I plan to open each day with a reading of the Scriptures.
Yes, David, I am. " I gathered up my books to go. " he asked, taking the books from me. "Why, I don't know the name of the street. Maybe you know my family here, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Davis. " "Know them! " It was Kitty, one of my new friends. "Kitty! " "Sure," said David, stepping between us and taking her books too. Kitty lived just down the street from my aunt, and we had walked to school together. " I asked. " After that the three of us walked home together almost every day and ended up in front of our gate.