“May 1st is Mother Goose Day”


National Mother Goose Day - May 1


National Mother Goose Day is observed each year on May 1.  This day honors Mother Goose, the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children.  Mother Goose is often illustrated as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, but she is also sometimes depicted as a goose wearing a bonnet. 



May 1st is Mother Goose Day. The Mother Goose Society website examines the identity of Mother Goose and discusses the origin of Mother Goose Day (1987). In addition, the website includes rhymes and recipes, fingerplays, and costume suggestions for anyone wishing to portray Mother Goose.

Rhymes in Full Text

The Real Mother Goose is one of the larger collections of rhymes for children. It was originally published in 1916 and has pen and watercolor illustrations. Project Gutenberg provides the complete book in HTML and plain text and access to individual rhymes by title and by first line.

Rhymes Recited on Video


In 1958, Cyril Ritchard, Boris Karloff, and Celeste Holm recorded Mother Goose for Caedmon Records. The sometimes creepy voice performances (Boris Karloff played Dr. Frankenstein’s monster and voiced the Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas) are accompanied by music and illustrations.


In 1957, Walt Disney released The Truth About Mother Goose. Selected rhymes are recited and then a story explaining their origin follows:


In 1984 the popular children’s entertainers Sharon, Lois and Bram released an LP titled Mainly Mother Goose. The CD may be available in local libraries; a track list can be found Wikipedia. Many of these songs can be found on YouTube. Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show also aired a program devoted, in part, to Mother Goose:


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“Soft Oatmeal Cookies”

“These oatmeal cookies are very moist with a good flavor. Add a cup of raisins or nuts if you desire.”



  1. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with a large fork dipped in sugar.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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“Master Lex Loves his very own stuffed Lamb”

Did you ever see such great smiles of delight,  when receiving a new gift? This is little “Master Lex, himself” and he just loves this new gift, which is a “LAMB” but also,   opens to be a fluffy soft pillow,  for  when baby  “LEX” wants to sit back and relax, while at the same time, catching “40” winks,  of safe and secure sleep!

All small children have heard about “Mary had a Lamb” and now,  you can start dreaming with a  real soft and sweet cuddle up,  extra special  little Lamb, himself!   

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“Just a Little Something to THINK About Today”

If we remember to always get a very good night’s  sleep – then,  we will not find things to cry about  and,  or “over” during the day – We,  WILL be able to find the humor in some of these little miss- happenings – and  will just get the best LAUGH –  since we know – these little upsets can not last forever – since each night, we  will give the Almighty – a big  “THANK YOU”  – that our  yesterday’s problem,  will not  show up again – that  in the  new  “TOMORROW”   we will find  some  “Laughter”  in the silly things,  that happened and are now  “all” gone, and forever  done away with!

“Have you ever had the chance to  just be  “somewhere” –  ‘where’  you  could just do a simple  little act of “KINDNESS” for another – and just as fast – leave the scene so without notice  – that the person you did give the help too  – just thought that an “ANGEL” had been there to help them!”

Just to be a “MOTHER” is a full time job,  and if you are LUCKY to have the BEST of all “MOTHERS”  – you should be ever so grateful and THANKFUL,  to our Almighty CREATOR,  for such a precious gift, as it is possible to miss out on this “BLESSING”  but,  I  do know for sure, that my “MOTHER”  was the very  best and only – and I still miss her and I always will  – just waiting  now, for the time to be reunited for all of eternity!

When I was signing up to join the Marines, a way back in the mid 1950’s –  “Attitude” was one of the subjects that came up. Reading this next item, looks like your  “Attitude”  is something that will  make or break the most  important  of things that  you plan on doing in  your LIFE,  and to think  of  it  now,  one’s  “ATTITUDE”    is just  one of the  many  “Choices” that you will be  

judged  on,  in  your Happiness, Kindness, and the Respect you give to others – as in everything  – of every day  –  our “Choice”  is  in  doing our  very best,  if at all possible,  – making  for  our  own being,   to be as “HAPPY”  as we  always,   will want to be!     D.V.

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“Remembering Those WORKER’s Killed at The Work Place”

**  “Sometimes,  something at the WORK Place happens  and even though this happened over “50” years  ago – you still wonder what really did happen – why and did they ever catch the the criminals that did the killing ?”- WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY – April 28


By Presidential Proclamation, April 28 has been declared Workers’ Memorial Day.

Workers’ Memorial Day takes place annually across our nation and Workers’ Memorial Day, International Workers’ Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day (ICD) for Dead and Injured or Day of Mourning takes place annually around the world on April 28. This is a national and international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

The slogan for Workers’ Memorial Day is:
Remember the dead – Fight for the living.

Workers’ Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for workers killed in incidents at work or by diseases caused by work with events held throughout the world.  Events may include, but are not limited to, active campaigning and workplace awareness, multi-faith religious services, laying wreaths, planting trees, unveiling monuments, balloon releases, raising public awareness of issues and the setting out of shoes to symbolize those who have died at work.   This day is also an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill health and to promote the fight for improvements in workplace safety.


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Started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1984, Workers’ Memorial Day was first recognized in the United States of America in 1989.   For years, events have been organized in Canada and the USA and then worldwide.

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Night Work                                                                                                      The year that President Kennedy was shot – in 1963, I was working at the “Long Distance” located in mid town – and  one of the “Telephone Operators” that left at the end of her shift – walking to  the area where she had parked her car, earlier in the day,  was  now  in an area too dark and isolated – that when she was attacked, brutally murdered, something  just too shocking to talk about, but, because of this situation, changes were made to protect  “Telephone Operators”  that worked the late shifts –  in order to protect them  when leaving the building, till they got to their parked cars – there were “Guards” walking with them – and that situation was resolved.

“To this day, I have never heard – whether or not the Criminals were found  and received the punishment that  is required  for this type of crime?”

“Just wondering?”

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“In the Mid- 1940’s and in the Orphans Home”

“This is a story, that I may not have told on “fourgrandmas.com” before, and since this is,  “National Tell a Story Day” – just thought it,  would  be a story that you would never forget!”NATIONAL TELL A STORY DAY – April 27


National Tell a Story Day is observed in the United States each year on April 27th.  People of all ages are encouraged to share all kinds of stories on National Tell a Story Day. Whether it’s read from a book, one from your imagination or an actual story from a childhood memory, April 27th is the day to gather friends and family and share those stories.

Libraries around the country participate in National Tell A Story Day with special storytelling times for children.

Storytelling is an ancient practice used to hand down knowledge from one generation to the next.  It’s a wonderful way to pass on family traditions, histories, and long told tales and can be entertaining as well as educational. Some of the very best stories come from real life experience.  

Many people enjoy listening to their grandparents share their stories about when they were growing up (back in the day).  Spending time telling stories with family, friends and loved ones is a time for all to learn from each other, to remember and to grow closer together.


On National Tell A Story Day, it does not matter if the story is a short story or a long story, fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale or folklore. This is a day for them all.  We encourage you to tell your stories and even share them on social media using #NationalTellAStoryDay.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons designed around National Tell a Story Day. 


Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National Tell A Story Day.

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This is not the best of PHOTOS – it is doubled exposed and old, maybe  late 1940’s. On the swing and seated is “Patsy Counts” and standing on the swing behind “Patsy” is “Gail Porter” just so happy,  for me to take their picture – as I was LUCKY to have a camera and some film – but,  not very well informed as to the –  how to take  “GOOD” PHOTOS!

It was on these same  swings, one nice and warm day of the week,  and I was sitting on one of these swings, when a “Famous Barr” truck was coming into the side entrance of this  “ORPHANAGE” to make a delivery at the receiving door – right there at the “KITCHEN” and in “eye shot” and “hearing” of me, swinging – and immediately – “bells and whistles” went off in my brain!

On the last “Visiting Sunday”  when my MOM came to visit us,  I was asking her,  if she would get for me, a record player, so that I could listen to all of the records we had at home.  We had in the basement of our HOME, maybe two or three bushel baskets of long playing records, and I felt that at least,  we could play them  at the Orphanage and even dance to the music.

Knowing that my Mother did shop at the “Famous Barr Store” downtown, Saint Louis – I jumped off the swing and went close to the truck – to see and hear better – as they were having the “NUNS” sign for the package that they were delivering for “ME” – and of course they would not give to me – said they had to take it to my teacher, “Sister Florence” and that she would let me know when and what and  that I should wait – till she gets in touch with me?

The next day, I was informed that when the next “Visiting SUNDAY” came around that I was to inform my “MOTHER” that I could not have the “Record Player” that she had sent out, because it would get broken by some of the kids – and or that most of the “records” would be broken and or destroy – and there would be too many broken pieces of records all over!

“So the “FAMOUS BARR” truck came out another day to pick up the “record player” and when I got to see my MOTHER on an other “Visiting Sunday” – had to try to talk my MOTHER into buying me a “radio” that could be used with the electric and also have a battery pack – if I were in the “ORPHANAGE” in an area where there was no electric outlet available? It is the “Pitts” when you have to almost beg for something, that you think would be nice to have – and of course, no one else had any such thing.

I am grateful and Thankful – that my MOTHER did bring  with her on another Visiting Sunday just the best radio which I used and vaguely remember finding a PHOTO of it – which I can not find now, but when I do,  will  add it here! Had it for years and always able to use it  –  with  electric or not!

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