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be able to play after.
And going back to that period, by the way -- I was in
school, too, early. I think I went to school very soon after these
initial home tutoring things. And the school was held in a church --
probably a nursery school.
Now we're down in the Canal Zone?
That's right, Canal Zone. And the school was bilingual--
Spanish in the morning and English after lunch, or vice versa, I don't
remember. But it never occurred to me that this was not true for everybody;
that everybody, every human being my age in school anywhere in the world,
that this was not the normal thing, to have Spanish and English.
I remember also that in the school, there was some kind of
drama, that the children were supposed to be in, you know. And I had
the role of being a sick child. I had two responsibilities. I remember one
more vividly than the other. I was supposed to make the opening welcoming
talk to the audience, and I got up and made my welcoming talk, because
it had been drilled into me for X number of weeks before, rehearsals,
you know. And I also had a part as the sick baby, when the doctor came
Well, I wasn't supposed to cry. But when the actual
performance came, I cried up a storm. And you know, my mother and Mrs.
Husbands -- my mother and Mrs. Husbands are together in my mind, although
maybe more in my mind than they were actually, but every time I think
of my mother in these kinds of settings, I see Mrs. Husbands around,
you know, as a sort of surrogate mother, in cahoots with my mother,
in attaining their goals. They asked me, why did I cry?
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