My three sisters in summer, 1933. The baby is Martha Lou, then Betty Rose and Jean Marie. Our brother, Jimmy, was born the next year and I was born 13 years later.
An excerpt from Mama’s book, I Remember:
Our house was pretty cold in the winter, so the kids wore long underwear and sometimes I let them sleep in it. One night I heard Jean Marie say to Better Rose, “Your back door is open”. Betty Rose replied, “My kitchen is hot.” They were about four and three.
When I think about where their terminology might have come from, I can picture that, with no air conditioning, when Mama was in the kitchen cooking, she might have regularly said, “Whew, it’s hot in here, I’m going to open the door!”
Haven’t we all learned … children are always listening to and parroting what we say, sometimes in unexpected context!