Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Thoughts

Think we'll change Tuesdays, too!  Think Pink Tuesday will now be Tuesday Thoughts.

The thought for today is about the virtual Christmas list.  I love it!!  Some years ago, Older and Younger Daughters started sending me emails with links to what they might like from Santa.  This arrived from Younger Daughter yesterday (from Tiffany & Co.).....

I must say, I like her taste!


Monday, November 29, 2010

"Miss Betty" Monday

Here we go....Madras Monday is now "Miss Betty" Monday! Why? I have had so many requests for more Miss Betty stories that I have decided to devote a day a week to them.....

My mother, Betty (whose last name I will omit for my family's privacy), was the epitome of a strong, Southern woman. I hesitate to call her a "Southern belle" because she was so much deeper than that term implies. When she spoke, people listened...and I still get calls and letters from her friends who say they are always picking up the phone to call her for advice, although she went to heaven two years ago.

Miss Betty in 1958

One of my most interesting "Miss Betty" stories actually occured not too long ago.  I am an on-and-off genealogist who is more "off" than "on," but who tries to get to it as much as possible. Sadly, sometimes months go by before I actually do get to it...but I always love "spending time with the family!"  In June 2001, after months (or perhaps years) of inactivity I logged on to the GenForum pages to look up some surnames. When I got to Miss Betty's maiden name, I scanned down the long list of posts, looking for the family name in SC or GA. I was shocked to see a listing that said "Looking for Betty ------ , teacher."  I thought that was an odd coincidence, since Miss Betty had taught for a couple of years, so I quickly clicked through to see more.

The man who had posted said he was looking for his 1st and 2nd grade teacher at the Haynesworth School, Greenville, SC, who was named Betty -----.   What?????? .....The Haynesworth School in Greenville??? That was where Miss Betty had taught.  The Betty he was looking for was MY mother!  My excitement soon dimmed, however, when I saw that his post had been written in 2001....seven years earlier.  Surely my reply would not get to the writer since so many years had passed,  but I responded immediately....and low and behold he got back in touch with me!

The gentleman who posted in the GenForum listing was a school teacher, who had "retired" from teaching to write textbooks.  He told me that Miss Betty had been his inspiration to follow that path.  I couldn't wait to tell her all about him and put them in touch with each other.  Although she was not well that summer, as soon as I got to Greenville I arranged for him to call and they had a lovely chat over the phone.  He later wrote to thank me and sent along a story he had written for publication some time earlier....a story of the impression "Miss Betty" made on him.  Today, as we launch "Miss Betty Monday,"  I would like to share that story with you....

Miss Betty
Greenville, South Carolina
School Year, 1956-1957

One morning Miss Betty was having our second grade class write about our wish.
What was our wish?
This was going to be a hard assignment for me, for I knew better than to tell your wish. You
wished it on a birthday cake before you blew out the candles. You wished it on a star.
You could pray for it. But you could not tell it. And writing it would be telling it.

But with Miss Betty, maybe I could write it. I had a crush on Miss Betty. No, I loved Miss Betty.
She had been my faculty carpool ride to school for two years now, and I loved her happiness, her
smiles, her clicking her long red nails on the steering wheel in rhythm to the radio music, her enthusiasm about learning phonics and reading and arithmetic, her blonde hair and
her bright green eyes, her youth, her energy, her laughter. I decided to go for it.

I grabbed the big round pencil and got the grainy tablet paper ready. I wrote:
 "Miss Betty, don’t tell this, or it won’t come true. I wish it on the star. I wish it on birthday cakes. I want to fly. Like Superman! I wear a towel and run down hills but I never take off. It doesn’t work. I think happy thoughts but I don’t take off. So I want to fly. Like Superman. Like Peter Pan.
Don’t ever tell, ok?"

With some apprehension I turned in the paper. And I kept watching Miss Betty as she was
reading the papers and we were doing an arithmetic exercise. I kept looking up. She saw me and
smiled. I continued arithmetic and continued looking up. Finally I knew she had my paper, because she saw me looking, smiled, and nodded. I looked down. When I looked up again, she beckoned me into the hallway. There she gave me a big hug and whispered into my ear, “I’ll not tell. Not ever!”

And—amazing and wonderful! I got my wish.
Miss Betty was hugging me and telling me what I needed to hear, and I was flying! Like Superman!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Making A Joyful Noise

I have the Christmas music full blast as I work on my organizing and deep cleaning in preparation for tomorrow's company and for the Christmas parties that follow.

Although this is not in the least preppy, I wanted to share it anyway......Talk about sharing the Joy!!

We all have so much to be thankful for....Enjoy your time with family and friends.... Cheers! Liz

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tea Time Thoughts and A Change In Blogging Days

Wow!  What a week last week.... Just when I thought things were calming down, I had a horrible computer problem and when they took my computer back to its original settings, we realized my back up external hard drive also had problems.....so I lost a lot of email.  Oh, well....I had been meaning to clean out my inbox anyway!!

Long story short, I am back on track and now preparing for my Thanksgiving guests and Christmas.  We are hosting five separate Christmas gatherings here at our house and attending many others.  One of my favorite things to do (which I am doing on December 12th) is host a tea.  This will be a tea for about 50 people and although I did fine last year with my great-grandmother's service and extra tea pots, there was a lot of back and forth to the kitchen.  This year I decided to invest in a tea urn, which is so exciting, because it is the same Reed and Barton silver pattern my great-aunt gave me when I was married.  I think it will do a lovely job, since it holds 25 cups of tea!!

It is always tricky making tea in larger quantities, so I decided a little video review was in order.....and no one knows more about making tea than the British!

Now, for the title of the post.....

I have decided that it's time for a change in blogging day titles. I have heard from so many of you that you want to hear more stories about "Miss Betty" that I have decided to change Madras Monday to Miss Betty Monday and change the themes of the other days as well.  I will probably post once more this week before company comes, but next week I will be back five days a week.....so be sure to check back in then and see all the changes!

The Classic Preppy

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Blogging Buddies

What a thrill to meet my blogging buddy, Kathie Truitt, as she made an appearance at a book signing here in Richmond.  Kathie's new book, False Victim, is an amazing read.  I literally couldn't put it down!!  Check it out at your local bookstore, or online at your favorite book seller.

Kathie is smart, fun and full of life and enthusiasm....Can't wait to get together again and "do lunch"....I want to hear more details about her journey writing this book.  Once you read it, you'll know what I mean!!!

Wonderful Week(s)

Whew!  So much has gone on in these past few weeks....Can't wait to share!  But first, I need to locate my camera cord to upload all my pics.....

While I am looking for it....and it could be anywhere.....Thought you might enjoy these divine engraved silverplated placemats from Scully and Scully.  Check them out at the New York Shopping Diary here....

Ho, ho, ho......I think they would make a nice little present in Santa's bag of goodies!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Blogger Appearance: Richmond, Virginia Area

Kathie Truitt, of the blog Hillbilly Debutante (a Preppy Must Read!), is an accomplished writer who is now on tour with her latest book, False Victim.

Kathie will be in the Richmond area this Saturday, November 13th from 1-3pm at the Short Pump Borders Books and Music.  I am going to go see her and get a signed book....You should, too!

Here is a link to her blog to see more of her schedule!

For Being So Patient.....Something From A Jolly Little Elf

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your patience with me. Each time I think I can sit down and write for the Classic Preppy, something comes up, or I am called away and am heading to the airport. I keep thinking I can get to it, but it has just not worked out...so far.

Now I am back...and here to stay. Most major projects are finished and all I have to do is get ready for the holidays. In the meantime, I will write about the fun places I have been in the past month and catch you up on Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Florida. Whew!!!

This week I flew down to Florida Monday afternoon, had drinks with friends at the Breakers, went out to dinner at one of my favorite places, had several more meals/meetings in other favorite places and then flew home on Wednesday. It was a lot....and it was done in only 48 hours! Being "home" again was so much fun...and it has been years since I have been back in Florida in November. Got some quick shopping done and watched the city's holiday decorations go up, too. It really put me in the holiday spirit.....Oh....and the beach was simply gorgeous. The water was such a pretty color...and the first day I was there, the surf was up!

Here's a fun "Surfing in the Holidays" video I put together to commemorate my trip!
Hee, hee, hee......(or should that be Ho, Ho, Ho?). Enjoy!!

The Classic Preppy Surfs Into Christmas

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm Still Here

...but you wouldn't know it with the lack of blogging.  So sorry....but so much is going on!  Promise to write a lot more tomorrow and post by the weekend.  In the meantime, I'm "Still Here!"