Tuesday the 18th
A beautiful day, warm as a spring day. The ice + snow are melting fast. Audrea kept after school. Miss Braley certainly has plenty of time at her disposal. Nothing happened. dull as water. Edith did not go in to see Mrs. Johnson last week nor has she been in so far this week, which makes her former calls worse than thrown away. It does not make any difference what you do its what you don’t do that counts, especially with Mrs. J.
Notes + Explanations:
So I have this theory that perhaps, just perhaps, my grandmother (Audrey) may have been a bit spoiled and scrutinized growing up as THE child in the eyes of Annie and the rest of the family. Crazy idea, I know! I love Annie’s dismissal of whatever action warranted Miss Braley’s punishment of Audrey by keeping her after school. No mention whatsoever of what Audrey did to get detention, but ok.
This brings to mind another question I had. Where did Audrey go to school? I am fairly certain she graduated (early, age 16, I think) from Arlington High School. So I would imagine she also attended a public elementary and middle school in the neighborhood.
“Dull as water”… That must be like “dull as ditchwater” but even more dull. And, yes, it’s “ditchwater” not “dishwater” apparently, which supposedly dates back to the 1700s in England. I have no idea how common “dull as water” was, but perhaps she made a mistake?
Mrs. Johnson, if you’ll remember, was the one who had “overdone it at Christmas” and was resting on doctor’s orders. Annie is upset with her daughter’s lack of decorum in not going to visit and see how she is doing. Apparently Annie thinks this will be noted by Mrs. Johnson. After checking some historic maps sent to me by a reader (thanks, Al!), it look like there’s a possibility that the Johnsons were the landlords. This might further explain Annie’s frustration at Edith committing a faux-pas with her. But I need to investigate it a bit more.
On this day – January 18th, 1927…
The Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration was established as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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