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  • heavy sigh. and congratulations to all the winners (said in an Eyeore voice….)
    enjoy the book and don’t give away the good parts while we wait for it to come to Japan…..
    and do you all remember the tape that our moms put on our bangs before she cut them so that they would be straight???

  • Oh, so that’s what the strange garment I bought in Chapel Hill was. A Scooter Skirt. I thought I’d been mysteriously transported to Utah…those built in shorts. Very strange for a Brit. We don’t have them, you see.
    Very useful it was too: a short skirt, and none of the rugby team could see my scanties while I was sunbathing/catapulting across the pitch with the ice pack while we were touring near Duke.

  • Wow! I won? I never win! I’m so excited; thanks!
    What a great idea this was; I really loved reading through all the comments. I was reminded of so many wonderful books and some great reading memories. There were some titles that were new to me that I simply must go find. Gotta go to the library and get some of those for my daughter … or for me!

  • Dittos, Jan in nagasaki…
    But, yes, congrats to all of the winners; we were all in this together!

  • OMG! Scooter skirts. I remember them. And the pink tape to hold the bangs straight. That was after the disastrous home perm had grown out. And I, insufferable prig, was allowed to do a book report on The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in sixth grade. Some librarian should have stopped me!

  • Back away from the Christy, NOW. I decided to re-read it a while back, it is a cringe-a-thon. Leave it at your happy memories of weeping through the last third of the book as a 13 yo!

  • Ditto the I won and gee how not to scream and draw attention to myself at work. Thanks so much for this contest and I did love reading everyone’s comments. Counting the days to Sept. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • ((((((Trixie Belden))))))))
    I had bangs just like that every picture day too. :o)

  • Dude! How could I miss this?! How. How?!

  • My grandmother, an elementary school teacher, would always cut my bangs VERY SHORT the night before, (no time for the bangs to grow out even the tiny-est bit), photo day at school. Problem was, I had very stick straight hair- so, my bangs were actually sticking OUT FROM MY FOREHEAD instead of just being TOO SHORT on my forehead.
    I also wore the searsucker short sets– but, alas I don’t have any photos from childhood with me– ok, at this moment- I don’t have anything of my own w/ me (considering the new move and I’m staying in a hotel right now).
    AND how could I forget to report about reading: THE CALL OF THE WILD, FLICKA, (or was that: Flicker?), BLACK BEAUTY, and some other horse story… I was big on the horse stories- I do remember that.
    However, my favorites were: THE BOBSEY TWINS (spelling?) and Nancy Drew mysteries. When I wasn’t reading about horses, that is. πŸ˜€
    Great contest… even if I didn’t win… w/ my pixie haircut w/ the sticking out straight bangs!

  • I remember the pink tape for getting the bangs straight. I can also remember scooter skirts. My Mom made me several, I seem to recall having 4 that had matching vests. I know one was a white and blue stripe (but it was not seersucker, just about the same colors though) and a Stewart plaid. I seem to recall a black watch plaid pleated mini skirt.
    Congratulations to the winners, what a fun trip down memory lane.

  • Scooter skirts! Yes! My mom made me scooter skirts too. And, due to my stick straight hair, I wore the glamerous “Pixie” cut also. I have pictures of me on vacation in my scooter skirts and Pixie cuts.
    Deb in Nebraska
    PS: If I should see you in Omaha, I’ll try not to swoon…

  • Unfortunately, I’ve always had curly hair so the bangs were (and still would be) vaguely reminiscent of Shirley Temple no matter how hard I worked to straighten my hair. After reading all of the submissions, I’m going to my mom’s basement to find my old Nancy Drew’s and Flicka books too (among others).
    I guess scooter skirt is the precursor to the skort, no?
    Great contest.

  • Congratulations to the winners…and how could I forget about Trixie Belden! The comments were so much fun! Long live the pixie!

  • be sure to stop by Personal Threads in Omaha. Our best LYS they are in a new space so call first to make sure you have the right address

  • I didn’t have a pixie, I had a DOROTHY HAMILL πŸ™‚

  • Wow, I won! Albert Einstein and I thank you very kindly.
    And…I also had the Dorothy Hamill!

  • I remember having a little denim top-and-capri-pants set with a red mouse appliqued on the front, which was my most favorite outfit, EVER. (I also remember my brother destroying it by running an open bottle of model paint through the wash with it.) I also remember a great deal of seersucker and my mother trimming my bangs (and it never ended well for me, either.) And popsicles, and hula-hoops, and this plastic lemon on a cord you wrapped around your ankle and jumped over.
    Now my mother-in-law buys seersucker for my daughter, and I stand over her with scissors, looking at her hair, and ask my husband, ‘where do I start?’

  • OMG! I have a picture of me that is almost identical to yours!! I’m going to try to find it and e-mail you. We could be sisters!

  • Those bangs look familiar.
    ‘You moved.’ ‘No, I didn’t!’ ‘Yes, you did, so they’ll be shorter.’
    Not so fond memories of Dad cutting my hair!

  • brook brothers seersucker suits
    pink shirts for women
    brown and white saddle shoes
    tabu lipstick and bangs
    happy times to the winners

  • You all *so* need to check out Wednesday’s Rhymes with Orange cartoon. Real close to home there ….

  • No one in the previous thread mentioned this, but there is a mystery series by Ian Sansom, about a bookmobile librarian in small-town Northern Ireland. They are humorous (the librarian is Jewish in a place where everyone is assumed to be Catholic or Protestant) and have gotten great reviews. I haven’t gotten to them yet, but they have just bumped up a notch on the endless TBR list.

  • Just wanted to say that I remember the seersucker shorts set. I myself was the proud wearer of several. Although I didn’t enter the contest I am so enjoying reading others comments about library memories, their childhood reading, and what they are reading now. Thanks!

  • Hey, you could have been me – if only you wore the lurvly cat’s eye shaped glasses avec rhinestones at the corners!

  • Hurray for all of the winners!
    Kay, I love your top in that photo. So cute!

  • OMG! I had completely forgotten about the pink, PINKED tape on the bangs until Jan from Nagasaki dredged up that memory for me. What was that stuff called? And did anyone else wear “spit curls” (the girly equivalent of sideburns, I guess) plastered down with the pink tape? Wow — the memory is a big place with lots of doors still unopened.

  • Back when I was in grade two or so, the school librarian wouldn’t let me sign out “The White Stag”. (I thought it was by T. H. White, but I can’t find it on Amazon, so I must have the author wrong.) I still haven’t read that book, and I still resent that librarian. (If it was too old for me, I would have exchanged it on the next visit. Would I really have suffered that much from one week without a book at my reading level?)