By Susie Powers Tompkins
Cotton-Patch Schoolhouse is a memoir of the author’s yr as a tender and green instructor in rural Marengo County, a number of miles from Linden, Alabama, in 1926. looking to earn a living to proceed collage after her freshman 12 months at Alabama collage in Montevallo, the writer welcomed the chance to educate 8 teenagers at 5 various grade degrees in a one-room schoolhouse in the midst of a cotton box. younger enthusiasm, local wit, and a feeling of event helped her remodel the easy schoolhouse right into a position of studying and excitement.
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Debra spoke up. "I think I would like that. My Ma lets me bake cakes sometimes. I like chauk'let the best. " For the first time I took a good look at Debra. She was a Page 31 very attractive brunette with a perpetual smile and brown eyes that sparkled when she talked. I could already see that she had leadership qualities. " For the first time Dan spoke. " "They take what they call shop. " "Dan builds real good now," said Debra. "He helped Pa build a cow shed. He helps Pa with a lot of things.
Mr. Dave Powers would be an excellent choice, if you could get him," they told him. "He has been a successful farmer in this area all of his adult life, and so was his father before him. " Mr. Shedd then made frequent visits to our home during which he and my father sat on the front gallery discussing all aspects of the job. Finally, my parents agreed that the benefits offered were too good to be turned down and the decision was made. We moved to Egypt, and to this day I feel that growing up there afforded me some of the richest and most wonderful experiences of my life.
At the top of each hill, I would cut off the engine and coast to save gasoline. I should have been scared to deathnot of coasting (the little car was going only fifteen miles an hour and there was no traffic)but because at age eighteen, I was going forth, with no experience, to teach in a small, one-teacher school consisting of five grades and eight children. I did not think this lack of experience imposed any problem because Miss Bunker, the county supervisor, whom I had met the week before at the teachers' institute, had promised to help me.