Memories of a Chickabiddy by Betty Jordan
About the Book:
Growing up on a farm in the Midwest during the 30s, 40s, and 50s was a page in history the will never be again. Each family farm was a special little unit that was very sufficient. We grew our own vegetables and some fruit, we raised cattle, pigs, and chickens. We therefore had our own milk and cream, our own meat, our own eggs, and from our well, our own water.
The mothers sewed the clothing, and we even had our own fuel, copped wood! There was no medical insurance, and if the grandparents needed healthcare, the family took care of them. Farmers had no motor homes, vacations were unheard of when you have to milk the cows twice a day and you owed it to the cows to be on time. Entertainment was in the home and visiting the neighbors along with bridal showers, weddings, along with graduations and an occasional barn dance. It was a cohesive unit, and a happy one!
About the Author:
Betty Ann Jordan, a farmer's daughter, grew up on the prairies as an only child and had to rely on her own creativity to keep life interesting. Her artwork filled her mother's writing tablets, and she went on to earn a degree in art and history. She taught art in grades 1-12 in public schools and taught privately for 25 years. She currently teaches art to residents of an area nursing home, where her oldest student is 98.
Doll collecting is Jordan's favorite hobby, but she also enjoys collecting butter knives, rocks, books, earrings, and Scandinavian memorabilia. She spends her free time baking bread and making pottery.
She has been a volunteer for 40 years, giving her time to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, and 4-H, and she is also an advocate for Kindness to Animals.
Jordan currently lives on a farmstead with her husband, a retired Air Force pilot, and her cats.
(2012, Paperback, 104 pages)