I am Bryce, and I am a third grader in Mrs. Yollis' class. This is my second school year with her, and she has been teaching me a lot about blogging. During Family Blogging Month, she's been able to teach my family about blogging too. One special commenter has been my great-grandmother, Bubbe.
Bubbe is a non·a·ge·nar·i·an (nän ə jəˈnə rē ən). A nonagenarian is a person who is between 90-99 years old. As our senior-most blogger, Mrs. Yollis asked if we could feature her!
Mrs. Yollis replies to Bubbe:
Like any great blogger, Bubbe replies:
Dear Mrs. Yollis,
Thank you for your warm reception. It is nice to be a part of Bryce's school activities. Thank you also for the new word "nonagenarian." I'm never too old to learn.
When I was in third grade, I went to Pothier School on Social Street in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. My third grade teacher was Miss Cilcline. I don't remember exactly what I learned. I was told that I had very good penmanship and I loved to learn. I was glad that I could pass that feeling on to my children, Ellen and Irwin.
Everyday I walked home from school for lunch. Then I walked back for the afternoon. Then I walked home again. I was very lucky to live in a house. In my backyard was my father's horse Yankee. He was almost red in color. Everyday my father would take his horse and cart and go out and buy and sell rags. I guess he did very well, because he was able to buy his first car in 1926. It was a Buick.
Warren G. Harding was the president when I was born. I have lived through 16 presidents. I plan to be around for the seventeenth, too. I knew that Warren G. Harding was the president, but I didn't know about the 16 until we had dinner one night and Bryce played a President's game with us. He knew them all and he told me that there were 16 since I was born.
I love living with and near my family. You are right. Family time is special.
I can't wait to blog again. I learned to type when I was in Junior High School. We didn't have typing in the third grade, like Bryce does. Next time I will tell you more about life in Woonsocket. I'll answer any other questions too.
If I remember more, I'll write more.
Here is some information about Bubbe:
"My father was born in 1869, and my mother in 1872. Think about that. If they were alive they'd be almost 150 years old! They were both born in Russia and came to the United States in the early 1900's. They left Russia because conditions were very bad. The Tsar (Zar) made life very hard for Jews, forcing them to live in what was called a "pale." The Tsar made life hard for everyone.
They came to the United States in the early 1900's with my oldest brother, Murray. I had two brothers and three sisters. I was born in 1922 when my mother was 50 years old. Can you imagine that? My mother died when I was just 13. My sisters were old enough to be my mother and they helped raise me.
|Bubbe's high school picture|
When I graduated from high school I learned that a man named Joseph Shorr was looking for a secretary. I called his mother and she thought I was a nice girl. She told me not to worry. I found a job and I found a husband. We were married in 1944. We went to New York on our honeymoon. It cost $6 a night to stay at the Waldorf Astoria. We had two children, Ellen and Irwin. I spent most of my life taking care of my family. I remember that my first typewriter was a manual one. I was so excited when I got an electric typewriter and I could help Ellen and Irwin with their homework. We did a lot of things in our community. We were fortunate enough to be given many honors, but nothing was more important than my family."
Bubbe has two children, Irwin (Uncle Irwin) and Ellen (Gaga). They have left many blog comments for the class and we all appreciate their efforts. So far, I am in the lead for Family Blogging Month because of Uncle Irwin and Gaga.
What questions do you have for Bubbe?