The speaker is a 63-year-old White woman with a college education from Columbus, Ohio; she was recorded in 1970.
|Inf: Hard to pick out from uh, the past, things that might seem interesting to you. I do uh, remember that the house where I was born did not have electricity at that time. I was born in nineteen-six in, on the longest day of the year, summer of nineteen-six. And it was several years after that, that we decided, my parents did, rather, that we would have electricity in the house. And I remember when the men came to put in electric wires, and that was a big day.
I went to kindergarten when I was four. Probably it was a private kindergarten because they didn???t have them in the schools in those days. And uh, my grandfather was ill at home, and I think my mother thought it better that I not be in the house all day long when there was an ill person. So uh, I remember Miss _____ came after me the first year. And I had my little basket with my lunch in it, and a little towel over it. ???Course they didn???t have paper towels in those days; it was a linen towel, to cover the basket. And I would trot off to kindergarten with her. But when I was five I had to go by myself. And it was about three blocks north of the house, and I remem-, -member two things that I remember vividly. One was the bed of forget-me-nots that was at the side of the house. And the other that, on the way home, I fell down and hit my forehead. And one of the boys, whose name was _____, picked me up. And I???ve somehow, I always remember that it was, that Billy picked me up. And many years later when I saw that, in the paper, that he???d had a tragic death, I sent a note to his parents to tell ???em that it was Billy who picked me up when I fell down. I thought it might be sort of comforting to the parents to, to know that.