||Windswept House Publishers
||Jan 1 1992
The Life of a Child Growing Up in the 1930's.
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I was raised in an atmosphere of proverbs, superstitions,
homemade bread and the New Deal. The influence of the Puritans
nourished the precepts of my upbringing as surely as an under-
ground river feeds the roots reaching down in the earth.
Outward expressions of love, as well as any manifestation of
weakness, were stoically and from long habit and tradition,
A depth of security compensated. There was the farm, a world
of its own, slumbering in the somnolent summer heat; locked in
the dazzling crystal of a snowbound winter; murmuring in the
awakening of early spring; drowsing in the heavy scent of dying
autumn leaves, the full moon slanting through the rustling
branches of the hovering elms.
I can only guess at my father's disappointment when I was
born - another girl to make three. A farmer, lumberman, wood
dealer and market gardener, he needed a son or two, to raise in
the tradition of his ancestors, to share the burdens and chores; to
carry on his name.
My mother was nearly 40 years old when I was born; by my
fifth birthday, two things were evident - I would be my parent's
last child and was destined to be a tomboy.
I write for the grandfather who never saw the sun slant
through the avenue of maple trees he planted, one by one on
grass-stained knees so many years ago; for my father and the son
he never had, to ease the ache of a name gone dead; for the
mother who held secret dreams unhearkened by callous ears
through years of toil and dirt and care.
Most of all I write for all the little country girls with barked
knees who grew up in a world of innocence and artless simplicity
long perished from the earth.
Hale G. Joy, Ellsworth American, February, 1992
"This is a book written from the heart about a time long past, and one that will never come again."
Nancy McCallum, Journal Tribune, April 4, 1992
"Bemis' memory...(is) extraordinary, and, told in her wry, warm, but unsentimental tone, (it's) entertaining and satisfying."
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