My sister Valerie was filling me in on what to expect in first grade at Ellis Brett Elementary School in Brockton, MA. A year older sister than me she knew everything, or so I thought at the time.
She explained each day we would walk the mile to the school in the morning and return home for lunch and then walk back for the afternoon session.
Mother would leave a sandwich covered with a saucer and a glass of milk on the kitchen table for lunch. We had strict instructions to eat and be on our way back to school.
Mother worked as an operator at the Local Telephone Company and would return home later in the afternoon to be there when we arrived home after school.
As the days went by and the routine became familiar Valerie decided one day she would rather stay at school with her friends instead of going home for lunch.
I really didn’t want to eat alone. I walked home reluctantly, kicking the fall leaves as I
slowly scuffed my way to our house on Belmont Avenue.
I passed our neighbor’s house and the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies permeated the fall air. A plan began to formulate in my childish brain. I took a deep breath and bravely walked up the back steps of the house and knocked. When the door opened I said, “ Mrs. Purf, I can’t go into my kitchen because there’s a big brown bear sitting at the kitchen table and he’s eating my lunch!”
She immediately invited me in, fed me a hot lunch and then sent me on my way back to school with a bag of cookies still warm from the oven. Life was good!
Skipping back to school the thought crossed my mind that when Mother returned from work there would be a discussion of my behavior but I’d deal with that later.
Right now the bag of cookies I had clutched in my hand was all that mattered.
Mother arrived home at 3 O’clock and was puzzled to see our uneaten lunch still on the kitchen table. She had just begun to worry that something had happened when the phone rang. It was Mrs. Purf and she said “ Muriel! did you get the big brown bear out of the kitchen yet?”
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